(Sports) No. 10 Clemson roughs up Duke 56-20

Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for the second straight week to help No. 10 Clemson beat Duke 56-20 on Saturday night.

DeAndre Hopkins caught 3 of those TD tosses in the opening quarter for the Tigers (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored 42 points by halftime and rolled to their fifth straight win – all by at least 14 points. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant also had first-half touchdown catches, helping Clemson rack up nearly 500 yards by halftime and 718 for the game.

The win moved Clemson into a tie with No. 9 Florida State atop the ACC’s Atlantic Division, though the Seminoles beat the Tigers in September for the head-to-head tiebreaker in the division race to reach the ACC championship game.

The loss dropped Duke (6-4, 3-3) a game behind Miami for the Coastal Division lead.

(Sports) Clemson’s Swinney says No. 4 FSU should be favored

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney says if he were a casual college football fan, he would pick No. 4 Florida State to beat the 10th-ranked Tigers.

Swinney said Tuesday there are few teams in the nation, other than maybe No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 LSU, who’d be favored to beat the Seminoles on their home turf this season.

The Tigers enter their first Atlantic Coast Conference game as a two-touchdown underdog to Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC). That makes sense to Swinney, who says the defending ACC champions aren’t that great a team yet despite their second straight 3-0 start.

Swinney said Florida State has shown explosiveness on offense and power on defense that make them among the country’s best. It’s the ACC’s first matchup of top 10 opponents since 2007.