Game Capsule

Florida State holds a 14-3 advantage in the series with Clemson dating to a 38-13 Florida State win in Tallahassee in 1970. Clemson has three wins in the series, but two took place in Tallahassee, in 1976 by a 15-12 score and in 1989 by a 34-23 score.

The Game: Clemson (1-2, 1-1) at #11 Florida State (2-1, 0-1)

Location: Tallahassee, Florida Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

TV Coverage: ABC Regional

Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM

Spread: Florida State is favored by 17 points over Clemson.

The Series: Florida State holds a 14-3 advantage in the series with Clemson dating to a 38-13 Florida State win in Tallahassee in 1970. Clemson has three wins in the series, but two took place in Tallahassee, in 1976 by a 15-12 score and in 1989 by a 34-23 score. Clemson's only win in Death Valley took place last year, a 26-10 victory. Florida State is 7-1 at Clemson and 7-2 at Florida State against the Tigers. Florida State had won 11 in a row prior to last year and all 11 had taken place since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992. Florida State has been ranked in the top 15 in the nation heading into all 13 games in the series since the Seminoles joined the ACC.

Coaches: Clemson's Tommy Bowden is 39-26 (57-30 overall) in his sixth season in Tiger Town, while his father Bobby Bowden is 271-68-4 (344-100-4 overall) in his 29th year in Tallahassee.

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The Forecast: Temperatures are expected to be the upper 80's for Saturday's 3:30 kick-off at Doak-Campbell Stadium. Skies should be mostly sunny.

What to Watch: Clemson is coming off a tough road loss to Texas A&M, not to mention a heartbreaking loss two weeks ago to Georgia Tech. Can the team recover in time to be competitive for four quarters with one of the most talented teams in the nation? Offensively, the Tigers have been out of sync. From the offensive line to the quarterback to the wide receviers, the unit as a whole has not come close to playing up to its potential this year.

Defensively, the Tigers have to improve their run defense. Texas A&M ran for over 320 yards last weekend and moved the ball at will in College Station. Wake Forest and Georgia Tech have also had success moving the football on the ground against the Tigers. Look for some of the second team defensive tackles to get into the game early to try and correct the problem. The Clemson secondary also must bring in the interception once they get their hands on the football.

Florida State features two of the most dangerous running backs in the ACC in Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker, so it will be important for the defense to tackle better than it has during the first three games of the year.

On special teams, P Cole Chason continues to have a strong year and a majority of Jad Dean's kick-offs have landed in the end zone. Dean takes over field goal duties this week and must show consistency to keep the job.

Don't Forget: The Tiger Pre-Game show will be broadcasting live from Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday afternoon. Tune in at 10 AM for all the pre-game coverage you can handle from Scott, Roy, and Brett!

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