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Canes hope to contain Winston, FSU

Photo by Melina Vastola / USA TODAY Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston throws the ball during the game against the North Carolina State on Oct. 26 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.

The problem facing Miami when it takes on Florida State in a matchup of the ACC’s last two undefeated teams is pretty plain.

Stop Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston.

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Or at least keep him contained when the two teams meet Saturday night in Tallahassee.

Winston has been the catalyst for the Seminoles, who have risen to No. 3 in the country in both major polls with the freshman taking over for departed veteran E.J. Manuel.

Winston is throwing for a league-best 311 yards per game and leading the conference in total offense with an average of 329 yards per contest.

He is by far No. 1 in passing efficiency — a number calculated from pass attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns and interceptions — in the conference and No. 2 among FBS teams nationally.

Little wonder the Seminoles are averaging a conference-best in scoring (52.6 points per game), total offense (553.7 yard) and passing (341.4).

Miami coach Al Golden was asked if he has found the way to keep Winston under control.

“I’d be worth a lot more if I cracked that code,” Golden said. “He’s playing really good football. He’s mature beyond his years.”

Winston gets the ball where it needs to go, Golden said, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio is “phenomenal.” Winston has thrown for 23 touchdowns against only four picks.

“He’s using everyone around him,” Golden said. “The yards-per-completion of their receivers and tight ends is through the roof. They have a running game to go with it, and a veteran offensive line.

“It’s a great challenge and an opportunity. It’s nothing to be nervous about or anxious about.”