CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — It’s an enormous recreation for No. Four Clemson. It may imply much more for struggling Florida State.

The one-time recreation of the 12 months within the Atlantic Coast Conference is now simply the most recent stepping stone for the Tigers (Eight-1, 6-1 ACC, No. Four CFP ) of their path towards the league title recreation and College Football Playoff. The Seminoles (Three-5, Three-Four), twisting by means of a season of accidents and underachievement , are in search of one closing large splash to point out they don’t seem to be that far off from the powerhouse program they have been projected to be when the 12 months started.

“Clemson’s got the hype right now. They’re in the top four (in the CFP) right now,” Florida State cornerback Levonta Taylor mentioned. “Just going to go out there do what we can do, play the best Florida State football we can play.”

And most years, that often means issues for opponents.

“We’ll get the very best version of Florida State this week,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney mentioned flatly.

The Tigers ought to no less than get a model that may have some momentum. Florida State snapped a two-game shedding streak with a 27-24 win over Syracuse (the one staff to beat Clemson this 12 months) per week in the past. The victory did not clear up every part that is gone incorrect in a season that started with Florida State projected to win the ACC and doubtlessly play for a nationwide title.

It did, nonetheless, give the Seminoles a burst of confidence to hold into Death Valley.

“We’d better build on it quick, because we play a great team this week, play one of the top four teams in the country,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher mentioned.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant mentioned he and different new offensive starters are keen to shut out league play with a 3rd straight ACC Atlantic Division, however first title with the brand new group on the sphere.

“Really excited for this game,” Bryant mentioned.


Some different issues to observe for when No. Four Clemson faces Florida State:

ORANGE PANTS: If Clemson’s enjoying for a title, it is carrying orange pants. It’s a practice coach Dabo Swinney saves for an important video games. The gamers discover, saying they really feel an additional degree of anticipation figuring out they’re enjoying in a recreation that would result in . The Tigers final wore orange pants after they defeated Alabama 35-31 to win the nationwide championship in January. “You don’t just get to wear those,” Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant mentioned. “It has a special meaning to it. It means we are playing for hardware.”

NOVEMBER WINS: Florida State has been tops within the ACC since 2010 relating to profitable after October. The Seminoles are 33-7 in November, December and January video games the previous six seasons.

SERIES TURN: Florida State had its method with Clemson for greater than 30 years, going 14-2 in opposition to the Tigers from 1970-2002. Starting with the shock 26-10 upset in 2003 when son Tommy Bowden’s Tigers dealt his father Bobby Bowden’s third-ranked Seminoles a blow to their nationwide title hopes, Clemson has gained eight of the 14 matchups since together with six of the final seven at Death Valley.

BOWL STREAK BOOST: Florida State obtained a lift to persevering with its streak of 35 consecutive bowl video games when it introduced its recreation with Louisiana-Monroe, beforehand cancelled resulting from Hurricane Irma final September, could be performed Dec. 2. That offers the Seminoles and additional likelihood to realize the six wins essential to make the postseason. After Clemson, Florida State performs Delaware State and rival Florida earlier than its rescheduled contest. Florida State has not missed a bowl since 1976.

ACC ATLANTIC: A Clemson win implies that both the Tigers or the Seminoles have gained the Atlantic Division yearly since 2009. Boston College in 2008 was the final staff apart from Clemson or Florida State to signify the Atlantic within the title recreation.


AP Sports Writer Joe Reedy contributed to this report from Tallahbadee, Florida.


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