When Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw his second interception in the first half of Saturday's 45-10 victory against Louisville, the comparisons flared up again.
The Tigers, coming off 15-0 national championship season, are perceived as this year’s version of 2014 Florida State, which had a tough time defending its national championship during the first season of the College Football Playoff. Likewise, Lawrence has drawn comparisons to former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston with each interception. Lawrence now has eight interceptioins on the season, double his picks totals from last season in half as many games.
We know how Florida State and Winston's season ended in 2014. The Seminoles saw their decade-best 29-win streak snapped in a 59-20 loss to Oregon in the first CFP semifinal at the Rose Bowl. The perception is Clemson will suffer the same faceplant in 2019, even if they run through the rest of their regular season schedule without a loss.
Are those comparisons to FSU accurate? Let’s do some myth-busting: