Clemson and Florida State will meet on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in a game that could determine the ACC Atlantic Division champion — the Tigers clinch with a win; a Seminoles’ victory would give them the inside track — and the favorite for representing the conference in the College Football Playoff.
The winner of the matchup has gone on to win the ACC championship in four straight seasons and played in that game in six straight.
This will be the fifth consecutive matchup where both teams come into the rivalry with one combined loss or less. Since 2011, the combined record of the Tigers and Seminoles going into the contest is 40-3.
At 8-0, it’s the first time since ’13 the Tigers enter this game undefeated. That season, Clemson was No. 3 in the nation and taking on the fifth-ranked and 6-0 Seminoles. Jameis Winston and Co. laid it on the Tigers in a dominant 51-14 win that ruined the Tigers’ chance at a title game.
You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.
How to Watch
Details for Saturday’s game are below:
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV Coverage: ABC
The Clemson Tigers are 11-0 straight up and 7-4 against the spread over their last 11 games. The Tigers will try to stay undefeated this Saturday hosting a familiar foe in the Florida State Seminoles.
Clemson is a 12-point favorite at home, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The home team is 8-1 SU in the last nine games between the Tigers and the Seminoles.
Last Saturday at North Carolina State, the Tigers got off to a slow start and had an uncharacteristically bad performance on defense, allowing 41 points. But that didn’t matter as the Tigers racked up 56 points of their own to pick up the win and cover as a 13-point road favorite to improve to 8-0 SU and 5-3 ATS on the year.
Clemson was revealed as the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff Rankings this week and can solidify that spot with a win over Florida State.
Running back Mario Pender has been cleared by doctors after missing time with a collapsed lung that left him hospitalized. Both linebacker Terrance Smith and defensive tackle Niles Lawrence-Stample were back on the practice field Thursday and appear to be on track to play against the Tigers.
Golson’s availability does not mean that he’s going to slide back into the starting job. Sean Maguire performed well against Syracuse last week (348 yards and three touchdown passes to Travis Rudolph) and Fisher said he has no plans of naming a starting quarterback before the game.
Florida State’s offense has struggled in road games so far this year, particularly in the red zone. Having a healthy offensive backfield gives the Seminoles the best chance to turn that trend around in the biggest road game of the season.