Florida State has looked impressive in its three blowout victories to open the season, but there have been questions about the level of competition they have faced up to this point.
The answers to those questions will be settled when No. 10 Clemson visits Doak Campbell Stadium in this weekend’s most anticipated matchup.
Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles exorcised one of its past nemesis in last weekend’s 52-0 thrashing of Wake Forest, but the Tigers have been a thorn in FSU’s side recently—taking six of the last nine meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals.
With a prime spot atop the Atlantic Division up for grabs as an appetizer, the stakes for this showdown are even higher considering that the winner stands a decent chance at running the table and entering the national title race.
Will Florida State’s defense—a unit that is leading the nation in all four major defensive categories—be able to slow down the Tigers’ high-powered offense that was able to shred the ‘Noles a year ago?
Can FSU’s rebuilt offensive line step up to the plate against its toughest test to date?
Here are five keys to the game against Clemson.