Week 4: #4 Florida State vs. #10 Clemson – ESPN College GameDay

Week: 4 – “I feel very comfortable with what I’ve seen,” said FSU QB EJ Manuel. “We didn’t overlook opponents that we knew we were better than, we’ve prepared extremely well for an opponent that’s played us very well the last six years and has beaten us – they’ve done a lot of great things against us. So far what I’ve seen, I’ve liked everything. I’ve been very proud of them and they’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do.

By: Marcus Joseph

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (wwww.franchisesportsonline.net) – After scoring over 170 points in their first three games, and defeating an unbeaten Atlantic Coast Conference opponent the Florida State football team has now earned a primetime spot on national television, Saturday night.

The Seminoles will welcome ESPN College GameDay Saturday for the eighth time to Tallahassee and the second straight year. In a top 10 national showdown, the No. 4 Florida State will host the No.10 Clemson Tigers. Both teams are entering into the contest with unblemished records.

“We’re going to need to play even better this week,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said at his weekly press conference. “We’ve got a great opponent; got a great challenge ahead of us.  We get to have the national media coverage and I am very interested to see how we handle that – see if we’re mature for those situations from a year ago. I think we’ll handle it. I think we learned some lessons. It’s a very important game, not only because it’s an ACC and a divisional game, so it’s a double whammy, but it’s a national game and handling all of that stuff that goes with those types of games. Hopefully, we’ll play in a bunch of those kinds of games. (I’m) looking forward to the week. “

FSU will look to handle the excitement of their first big game of the season, while also facing the ACC’s top performers. The Tigers feature the ACC’s leading rusher Andre Ellington as well as top ACC receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd ranks second in the ACC in pass efficiency and fifth in yards per game.

“Wake’s offense does a lot of what they do,” said coach Fisher. “Make no mistake about anything in ball – you have to have good players.  If you don’t have good players it’s hard to coach. They have very good players and they’re well coached. They do a very good job. They understand their scheme and what they do. They’re very precise and detailed. They do a great job of misdirection and they coach it very well. All of those things go into what they do. It all goes together.”

Four Clemson players were named to ACC preseason Team on offense, which was the most selections, by one team on the offensive side of the ball.

They can run the football, they’ve got outstanding linemen, they’ve got a great backs, receivers that make big plays, they can throw the ball downfield, the quarterback can scramble and run, it’s deceiving, they’re well coached,” said coach Fisher. “I could go on and on. It’s the balance and the big play capabilities that come off of it.”

Clemson last trip to Tallahassee in 2010 resulted in 16-13 loss to the Seminoles, but Clemson has had the recent edge over the Seminoles, winning five of the last seven games against Florida State since 2005.

“I am extremely anxious,” said Florida State QB EJ Manuel. “This is a huge rivalry between Florida State and Clemson so I know they are going to be a great team;  they are going to be a great defense, great offense and they are going to score points just like we are.  We have to be ready to combat that.  The fact that I am 100 percent healthy, not hurt any more, my shoulder is fine and all of that kind of stuff so I am excited about the game.”

The Seminoles’ history with College GameDay dates back to the programs first appearance on national television, Nov. 13, 1993 when No. 1 FSU visited No.2 Notre Dame in the “Game of the Century” showdown in South Bend, Ind.


  • OVERALL: 10-14
  • HOME: 3-4
  • AWAY: 6-7
  • NEUTRAL: 1-3

“GameDay will be here and everybody will be watching on Saturday because there is a football game,” said FSU QB EJ Manuel. “Hopefully we can learn to prepare for a football game and eliminate the rest of it because in the end, that’s what it’s all about. It’s all part of it and the surroundings  that go with it. It’s like Thanksgiving – turkey is the main course, but everything else is extracurricular.  That’s what you’ve got to learn how to do – know that it’s part of the game and also prioritize what is important to you and prepare.”

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