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Nolecast preview: FSU at Clemson

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The No. 1 FSU podcast previews the game at Clemson.

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Bud Elliott and Ingram Smith return with another episode of The Nolecast, the No. 1 Florida State podcast. Listen to the show in the player below the article, or with this direct link.

Show notes are as follows...

Clemson offense

  • This is where FSU has to win the game
  • Weirdly non-explosive offense, but running the QB a lot keeps the Tigers ahead of the chains and they they sustain drives. ... 20+ yard plays -- Clemson 39 in 9 games, FSU 34 in 8. Weirdly similar. ... When Clemson gets behind the chains, it doesn’t usually get back ahead. ... Have to win first down
  • Kelly Bryant has been bad throwing it deep. 16-42 on 15+ passes on the entire season. ... Passing success rate: 28th, passing explosiveness: 125th. ... Bryant is an awesome runner. It’s easier to find runners than passers.
  • Good offensive line, LT Mitch Hyatt is the star of the group. Crowder is highly thought of by coaching staff
  • Explosive, sometimes inconsistent RBs Tavien Feaster and Travie Etienne
  • Deon Cain is an elite WR, Hunter Renfrow is a dependable target. Massive amt of rotation, group is talented/lacks leadership of past years units

Clemson defense

  • This is where FSU has to not lose the game.
  • Fisher has typically had a good plan for Venables’ defense
  • Auden Tate, Jon Vickers, Derrick Kelly are all questionable.
  • Incredible up front. Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant. This is the biggest advantage Clemson has.
  • Strong linebacker play from Dorian O’Daniel and Kendall Joseph
  • Secondary is the weakness if there is one, but it’s not bad and FSU is not well suited to exploit it. Weakest piece is probably Tanner Muse.
  • Teams have exploited them with play action on early downs.


  • Hostile environment is the first of the year
  • Field goals could help make this a close loss, and Jimbo Fisher loves kicking field goals
  • Line Clemson -16, 46