Friday, May 31, 2013
Most important game: Florida State
By Andrea Adelson
Time to move on in our series looking at the most important game for each team in the ACC.
Up today: Florida State.
Most important game: at Clemson, Oct. 19.
Why it's important: The Seminoles have a double rivalry whammy every season with important games against Florida and Miami. But the Canes game has taken a backseat to the Clemson game when it comes to league title implications. Miami has yet to become a consistent Top 25 team again (and has lost six of the past eight meetings with Florida State); Clemson has emerged as the main Atlantic Division rival for the Noles. Last year, Florida State beat the Tigers at home and won their first league title since 2005. This year, many anticipate the Atlantic Division will be decided between these schools again, this time in Death Valley when the Seminoles come to town. There is a chance both teams will be undefeated and ranked in the top 10, which could add more national drama than their matchup a year ago. Though Florida State lost 11 players in the draft, the Noles return an extremely talented team full of more future NFL picks. All eyes no doubt will be on the quarterback matchup, with the old guard versus the new -- veteran Tajh Boyd going against Jameis Winston, widely expected to get the starting job. The matchup between Boyd and the retooled Florida State defense is another intriguing one, especially when you consider all we heard this spring was how much more aggressive this D is going to be under Jeremy Pruitt. To have national championship hopes, you have to win the conference, and to win the conference, Florida State has to beat Clemson. It's easy to see why this game is the most important one on the schedule for these respective teams.
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