This weekend a familiar foe travels to Tallahassee. The 4-4 Clemson Tigers will try to ruin the Seminoles ACC title hopes, and the Noles will try to break a 3 game losing streak against the Tigers.
Clemson will have to defeat FSU without Tommy Bowden for the first time in 10 years. This is music to the Seminole's ears, as they cannot afford a fourth straight loss to the Tigers.
The Noles also look to stop former Florida State recruit C.J. Spiller, who always relishes the opportunity to play well against his former recruiters. Last week against Boston College he was named the offensive back of the week with six catches for 105 yards, 55 rushing yards, and 65 return kickoff return. Combined with Junior James Davis' talents, the Florida State defense has their work cut out for them.
The offense will be hindered by the absence of receivers Burt Reed, and Jarmon Fortson. Both players will be suspended for the game for "not meeting responsibilities". This is the same old song and dance Seminole fans have grown to hate. Reed, already suspended this year for failing to attend class, is tied with Corey Surrency for the most touchdown receptions on the team with three. Surrency, suspended last week against Georgia Tech, will start on Saturday.
Florida State was in control of its destiny until a 31-28 loss to Georgia Tech last week. With Maryland losing to Virginia Tech on a dreaded Thursday night showdown in Blacksburg, the Noles look to regain control of their destiny with a win Saturday.