The GameDay game

CLEMSON - Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Josh Watson has been watching ESPN's College GameDay for years.

He's no stranger to the GameDay gang of Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and Chris Fowler. The popular pre-game show is set to air from Tallahassee on Saturday, the site of Clemson's showdown with Florida State.

"I watch it every Saturday at the hotel before our games," Watson said. "It's going to be crazy to think those guys are actually out there analyzing our game and hyping it up for a big top-10 match up."

When Corso announces his prediction for the game, Watson doesn't expect him to don the head of the Tigers' mascot.

"I predict [Corso's] going to predict them to win, all of them, actually," Watson said. "We're not really worried about that.

"We've just got to come down there and execute our job, try to come out there with a victory in a hostile environment."

There's far more to be concerned about than a pre-game prediction. Not only is it a matchup of top-10 teams, the winner will be in the catbird seat for the ACC Atlantic title.

"This is definitely a huge game. It's the first game of ACC play for us. Basically, the winner of this game is in the driver's seat," Watson said. "We don't want anything to be left to chance, to where we have this certain team lose and things like that. We want to be in the driver's seat.

"We definitely want to win this game, just like we want to win every other game. We know the implications of this game."

And there certainly are plenty.

"They are one of our rivals, definitely. They're ranked No. 4 in the country and picked to win the national championship, so we know this is a good team," Watson said. "The good thing about that, games aren't won by media before the game. You've got to put your hand in the dirt and play. We'll be coming down there ready to play."

Stopping the run will be among the keys if Clemson is to beat Florida State. The Tigers have given up an average of 186.7 yards per game this season while the Seminoles have piled up 279 per contest.

"They're doing a lot of heavy zone blocking, trying to stretch the defense out, find holes and things like that, so we've just got to play gap defense and plug it up, do our jobs," Watson said. "That's all there is to it." Top Stories