After three straight home games and a tough ACC opener against quarterback Tanner Price and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Florida State Seminoles play host to their first ranked opponent of the year, No. 14 Clemson.
Clemson, ACC champion a year ago, boasts elite talent on both sides of the ball, particularly on offense, where Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins lead an explosive passing attack.
Boyd is coming off a 3,828 yard passing season with 33 TD, but will come into the 2012-2013 season with a chip on his shoulder, as he and his Clemson Tiger teammates were embarrassed by West Virginia 70-33 in the Discover Orange Bowl.
The Tigers, who along with the Seminoles and Demon Deacons are part of the best of the Atlantic division of the ACC, will face a huge early road test against the Seminoles. Though Clemson won this game 35-30 a year ago with the same core of playmakers, Florida State retains their core as well, and the home team has won nine out of the past 10 meetings between the two teams (Wikipedia, College Football Data Warehouse).
In what was once known as the "Bowden Bowl," named so for legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and his son Tommy, who coached Clemson from 1998 to 2008, Clemson has turned a lopsided rivalry in the 1990s into an even-matched affair.
Since breaking the Seminoles' 11-game winning streak over Clemson in 2002, Clemson is 6-3 vs. Florida State.
If the Seminoles can do these seven things, look for them to reverse this recent trend as they look to start 2012 and their run through the ACC with a 4-0 record.