Greetings from Tallahassee

September, 17, 2011
9/17/11
6:44
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The buzz for this game has been brewing since last season ended, but it has finally reached a peak today. Florida State fans have flooded the city, and the tailgating has been going on all day long for this 8 p.m. kickoff. ESPN's College GameDay crew got things started on Friday, and I-10 W from Jacksonville has been like the Tallahassee Trail today.

This is a big-time college football atmosphere, with two top-5 teams, and today's game is a monumental opportunity for both the ACC and Florida State, and you can literally feel the excitement here. Long-time Florida State fans here have said this is the biggest game they can remember in a long, long time, and they're soaking up every minute of it. This place has been one, giant party all day long.

Florida State's allotment of student tickets sold out in 17 minutes. The game is a sellout, and the crowd is expected to be the largest since the 2009 game against USF when 83,524 were in attendance. At last count, a total of 628 media credentials were issued.

Everyone is here to see if Florida State is ready to close the gap with the nation's elite.

The ACC is certainly ready for it.

According to ESPN's Stats & Info department, the conference has lost 32 straight games against nonconference AP top-5 foes. The ACC’s last such win came in 2000, when Florida State knocked off 4th-ranked Florida. Florida State has accounted for 10 of those losses. No other ACC team has had more than six.

If Florida State is going to reassert itself in the national picture, it has to start now against the Sooners.

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