The matchup between the third-ranked Clemson Tigers and fifth-ranked Florida State Seminoles has arguably become the most anticipated game of the college football season, surpassing Clemson’s season opening victory over the Georgia Bulldogs and perhaps challenging the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide’s 49-42 victory over the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, and his Texas A&M Aggies.
The game not only will likely decide the ACC’s Atlantic division, but it has obvious national title and Heisman Trophy implications.
Quarterbacks Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston are two of the very best in the country.
ESPN spent the day with the Seminoles on Tuesday and will do the same with the Tigers later in the week. College Gameday will visit Death Valley for the second time this season and the game will kickoff in prime time, at 8:00 pm EST on ABC.
Just over a year ago, the stakes seemed similar and the fourth-ranked Seminoles defeated the 10th-ranked Tigers 49-37.
“Last year they got us, but I feel like we should have won,” Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley told ESPN’s Heather Dinich. “We’re looking for payback.”
Beasley has been a huge part of the Tigers’ success, recording nine sacks in six games.
Despite the desire to avenge last season’s loss, the Tigers won’t change their approach.
“If you really change from what you normally do, then you send the wrong message,” Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said. “I know it’s not that way for fans, but that’s the way it has to be for us to be consistent.”