As originally posted here.
Florida State is in danger of losing more ground coming off of the heartbreaking loss against no. 1-ranked Oklahoma 23-13, against a pivotal matchup traveling to Death Valley against a surging undefeated 21st-ranked Clemson.
Clemson claimed the spot previously owned by Auburn after defeating them 38-24 at Memorial Stadium ending Auburn’s 17-game winning streak rallying from 14 points down. Quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 30 of 42 passes for 386 yards and four scores. Running back Michael Dyer supplanted the passing attack with 151 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
FSU may have to rely on freshman backup quarterback Clint Trickett again to make his first start if starter EJ Manuel cannot go. Trickett completed 7 times in 15 attempts for 134 yards and a score. If Trickett goes, it will be without some key receivers. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has his hands full as the Seminoles are bombarded with injures. Receiver Jarred “Scooter” Haggins will be out four to six weeks from a broken hand. Receiver Willie Haulstead’s absence this year is due to concussion symptoms and Bert Reed missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle. Leading 2010 rusher Chris Thompson has gotten to a slow start due to a stress fracture in his back.
The Seminole defense will have to be opportunistic as well as vigilant if they are to hope to tame the Tigers. Clemson comes with a better running attack averaging 217 yards a game, ranking 27th overall. FSU come in with a better passing attack, which may be affected with Manuel’s absence, averaging 325 yards a game, ranking 13th overall.
The key matchup is the Tigers offense versus the Seminole defense. Clemson scores more points overall averaging 39 points a game while the FSU gives up only 11 points a game.
FSU dropped six spots to 11 after falling to the Sooners last week. It will be the Tiger’s last game in their four-game home stand before traveling to 13th-ranked Virginia Tech.
Game will start at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Conditions will be clear and sunny with a high of 80 and a low of 58.