Tale of the Tape: 'Noles vs. Tigers

Fresh off a heartbreaker to No. 1 Oklahoma, Florida State starts ACC play at Death Valley vs. undefeated Clemson. Here are some facts to consider thanks to NoleDigest.com's weekly Tale of the Tape.

The Matchup

Florida State -- No. 11 in the AP poll, No. 14 in the coaches' -- opens its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule against Clemson -- No. 21 AP, No. 22 coaches' -- on Saturday at Memorial Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. ...

The Seminoles (2-1, 0-0) are coming off a 23-13 loss to Oklahoma. The Tigers (3-0, 0-0) enter the game fresh off their 38-24 win at home over then-No. 21 Auburn, the defending national champion. ...

This will mark the seventh consecutive season -- and ninth of the last 10 -- the Seminoles and Tigers have played before a national television audience on either ESPN or ABC. ...

Saturday's game marks the first time both the Seminoles and Tigers will be nationally ranked when they meet since 2000, when No. 4 FSU defeated No. 10 Clemson 54-7 in Tallahassee. ...

For the second consecutive season, FSU is playing its ACC opener in the fourth game, equaling the latest week it has opened league play since joining the conference for the 1992 season. The 'Noles opened its 2010 ACC schedule on Sept. 25 against Wake Forest. ...

Florida State has captured 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships in its first 19 years of league membership, one shy of the conference record 13 titles held by Clemson.

The Series

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FSU leads the all-time series 17-7 but has lost its last four games at Clemson. The Seminoles' last win at Death Valley was a 41-27 triumph in 2001. ...

The 'Noles won 14 of the first 16 games in the series, including the first seven meetings at Clemson.

The Coaches

Florida State: Second-year coach Jimbo Fisher has an all-time record of 12-5. Fisher led the Seminoles to a 10-4 mark in 2010, culminating with a 26-17 Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over South Carolina.

Clemson: Dabo Swinney is in his third full season at the helm of the Tigers and has fashioned a 22-15 record. Swinney took over for Tommy Bowden mid-year in 2008.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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