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FSU vs. Clemson on September 22nd is my most intriguing game for the Seminoles' 2012 regular season.
Barely edging out the game against Virginia Tech, this year's matchup with Clemson is No. 1 on my list of most intriguing games for the Seminoles in 2012.
In what is likely to be a primetime game, the winner of this showdown will not only have a stranglehold on the ACC Atlantic division, but will also emerge as a legitimate national championship contender.
The matchup that's being looked forward to by not only Florida State and Clemson fans, but general college football fans as well, is the one between the Tiger offense and the Seminole defense. Led by Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, Clemson's offense looked unstoppable throughout much of last year. Florida State, on the other hand, was extremely stout on the defensive end. Clemson got the better end of the matchup last season en route to a 35-30 victory.
All eyes in Doak Campbell Stadium will be on Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. As one of the most electrifying players in college football, the Seminoles will be in serious trouble if he has another performance similar to the one he had last year against Florida State (7 catches, 141 yard, 2 TDs).
The 'Noles will also need help from their running game, which struggled mightily last season, including just 29 yards in the Clemson game.
If FSU can keep the Clemson offense under control and get quality production out of their running game, the Seminoles will be in contention for a huge early season win that could set the tone for a big rest of the year.