On Bleacher Report's ranking of the most anticipated, must-watch college football games of 2016, Clemson at Florida State is the highest FSU game listed at No. 3. Also making an appearance on the countdown at No. 11 is FSU's opener against 'Ole Miss.
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Since 2009, the winner of Clemson-Florida State has represented the Atlantic in the ACC title game, and Clemson and FSU have combined to win the last five ACC titles. 2016's meeting, set for Oct. 29 in Tallahassee, should be equally important.
Clemson is trying to build on a 14-1 record, ACC title and national runner-up finish in 2015. The Seminoles were 10-3 last fall but won the previous four ACC titles, taking a BCS national title and College Football Playoff appearance in that period.
Jimbo Fisher's team represents the biggest stumbling block between Clemson and another ACC championship. The Tigers have not won in Doak Campbell Stadium since taking a 27-20 victory in 2006. Led by freshman Deshaun Watson, Clemson nearly knocked off the Seminoles there two years ago, fumbling away a chance to win in regulation before falling 23-17 in overtime.
Watson has developed into the nation's best quarterback. Last fall, he became the first FBS quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. He'll be a strong Heisman Trophy contender, but the Clemson defense will have to contain FSU tailback Dalvin Cook, a home run hitter of a back and a threat to score every time he touches the ball. This game will be must-see TV.
Current Florida State football players including RB Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph were counsellors at former 'Nole, Telvin Smith's football camp held at the high school Smith used to attend in Valdosta, Georgia. Atlanta Falcons running back and former Seminole Devonta Freeman was also there interacting with the campers. Smith said he always wanted to host a camp growing up as a kid, and make it free for everyone to attend.
Gerry Hamilton from ESPN summarized each of the ACC Atlantic teams' defensive line recruiting -- here's what he had to say about the Seminoles:
2016 signees: ESPN 300 end Janarius Robinson, ESPN 300 end Brian Burns, ESPN 300 tackle Cedric Wood, junior college tackle Wally Aime
2017 commitments: ESPN 300 tackle Ja'len Parks and tackle Cory Durden
Overview: Future tackle depth is shored up with teammates Parks and Durden on the board. Five-star Marvin Wilson out of Texas is the top target at tackle, and the Seminoles are battling Alabama and LSU. Five-star end Robert Beal is the top target at end, but it looks like Georgia has taken over the lead from Alabama with FSU running third. The Seminoles would to land ESPN 300 end K'Lavon Chaisson as well.
In case you missed it, Florida State basketball got a commitment Sunday night from shooting guard Bryan Trimble. The 6'3 200 lb. athlete was ranked No. 254 in the nation according to 247 rankings. He is the first commitment to the 2017 FSU basketball class.
You can catch up by clicking here if you missed anything that happened during the FSU camp on Saturday which included an offer handed out to a 2020 legacy recruit FSU emerging as the favorite of the nation's top defensive tackle.
Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated sat down with Malik Beasley who talked about his reason for leaving Florida State and declaring for the NBA Draft. Fischer also went in depth about Beasley's journey to this point and where he may go in this year's draft.
Former FSU basketball player Xavier Gibson was named Defensive Player of the Year in the top level of the Japanese league this past season. He averaged 21.8 points and 2.5 blocks per game for the Shinshu Brave Warriors.