What could be the biggest game of the Clemson Football season is finally here! Here is all the info you need before Saturday.
What: Florida State Seminoles at Clemson Tigers
When: Saturday 12:00 PM Eastern
Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina
How to watch: The game will be broadcast on ABC and available in the ESPN app.
Broadcasters: Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, and Molly McGrath will call the game on ABC. As usual, Don Munson will call the game on the Clemson Athletic Network, along with Tim Bouret and Reggie Merriweather. Noah Britt, Jon Reynolds, and Patrick Johnson will call the game on Gridiron.
Forecast: 76 degrees at game start, partly cloudy
Spread: Florida State -1.5 to -2 depending on the book
Over/Under: 55 to 56 points depending on the book
Preview: Click here to read Casey Cregan’s preview of the Seminoles.
Prediction: Florida State at Clemson Football
I think if you told people nationally a week ago that Clemson would only be a 2.5 point underdog to Florida State, most people would have thought you were crazy. The Seminoles’ performance against Boston College probably brought down expectations for them a little bit.
I think FSU was exposed in a few areas in Chestnut Hill, but the main reason for their slow start and poor finish was that they were looking ahead to this weekend. The Tigers own a seven-game winning streak over the Noles and this appears to be their best chance in years to come away with the win. I think the team that visits Death Valley this weekend will be much more akin to the one that defeated LSU than the version we saw last week against BC.
On the other hand, I think Clemson will be more like the team that outscored their opponents 90-14 in the second half against Charleston Southern and against Florida Atlantic than the team that was outscored 45-31 against Duke and the first half against CSU.
In other words, I think the Tigers will play much closer to the team that protected the football instead of the team that kept fumbling, missing field goals and turning the ball over on downs.
“Much closer” doesn’t mean flawless, and I think it is wishful thinking to hope that the 2023 Tigers can get through sixty minutes of football without one error that Florida State takes advantage of to create some separation.
I’m predicting a 27-20 FSU win to end the streak. It’s not what I’m hoping for, but I think Clemson will need near perfect execution to win, and I just don’t think the odds of that happening are very high.
I like Florida State to cover the spread, and I will take the under on points.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change