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According to B/R's Sam Chi, this is "easily the biggest ACC game in the BCS era," and it's not hard to see why. Not only would the winner take control of the conference, it would also stay undefeated and score a huge win in the eyes of the computers.
The stakes have never been higher in this modern rivalry, and by many accounts, the teams have never been better. FSU and Clemson are firing on all cylinders, and even an ugly effort from the Tigers last week can't change that.
Because of the two elite quarterbacks, Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston, and the amount of playmakers surrounding them, many people are expecting a shootout. But Florida State wants to keep the tempo more restrained.
"We definitely don't want to be in a shootout with them, where we're going back-to-back [scoring]," said FSU running back James Wilder, via Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel. "We have to be realistic."
The Seminoles already saw one great offense, Georgia, go into Memorial Stadium, cater to a shootout tempo and lose by three points. They know the key to this game will be keeping Clemson's offense off the field with smart, efficient drives.
If they can do that, their defense is good enough to make a few stops and win this game on the road.