No. 4 Clemson looks to clinch ACC Atlantic against FSU
The Associated Press
Nov. 09, 2017
Florida State (3-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) at No. 4 Clemson (8-1, 6-1, CFP No. 4), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Clemson by 19.
Series record: Florida State leads 20-10.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Clemson can wrap up its third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title — and fifth in coach Dabo Swinney's nine full seasons — by beating the struggling Seminoles. Florida State needs three wins to qualify for a bowl and keep its run of 35 straight postseason games alive.
Clemson QB Kelly Bryant vs. Florida State's front seven. The Seminoles may be down, but their defense is not out. Florida State is stocked with NFL-type talent that will look to make a mark against Bryant. Clemson's junior quarterback has excelled on the ground, but has misfired at times through the air.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida State: RB Cam Akers. The freshman successor to Dalvin Cook put up his best career game last week with 199 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a needed, 27-24 win over Syracuse.
Clemson: DE Austin Bryant. The junior lineman has been a terror on quarterbacks this year, with 13.5 tackles for loss — 6.5 of them sacks. He's tied for second in the ACC.
FACTS & FIGURES
Clemson has won six of the past seven meetings with Florida State at Death Valley. The Seminoles lone win came in 2013 when they blasted the Tigers, 51-14. Florida State went on to win the national title. ... It's the first time in seven meetings that both teams were not ranked in the Top 25 when they played. ... Clemson's victory at North Carolina State marked the first time since 1950 it has beaten three Top-25 teams on the road. ... Florida State leads the ACC and is third nationally with four blocked kicks on the season. ... The winner of this game the past six seasons has gone on to win the ACC title. Florida State won in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Clemson won in 2011, 2015 and 2016. ... Swinney moved into second all-time in coaching victories at the school with 97. Frank Howard tops the Tigers with 165 career wins.
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