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No. 21 Clemson welcomes No. 11 Florida State today, but something tells me the Seminoles won't be polite guests.
Clemson is riding high after an emotional victory against then-No. 21 Auburn last week. Quarterback Tajh Boyd has taken over the reins extremely well, tossing for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns with one interception this season. Clemson has a complete offensive attack, with Andre Ellington running the ball behind Boyd.
As for Florida State, they are reeling somewhat following last week's loss to Oklahoma. The bigger loss, however, was the injury to starting quarterback E.J. Manuel that took him out of the game. Manuel, along with starting receivers Kenny Shaw and Bert Reed, are questionable for the game today.
Clemson has one of the best home-field advantages in the country, but historically they are a team that chokes under the pressure of the spotlight. They may get a banged up Florida State offense today, but defensively the Seminoles are healthy, extremely fast and physical.
Even without Manuel at quarterback, the Seminoles match up very well with Clemson's speedy receivers. Tajh Boyd will have to be exceptional for the Tigers to win this game. History tells us that Clemson won't bring their A-game.
In that case, look for Clemson to drop out of the rankings after this week.