Dabo Swinney and the Clemson football program head into the 2023 season no longer the favorite to win the ACC, as Mike Norvell and Florida State are receiving tremendous hype as possibly the new top dog in the conference.
For those who have kept up, the Clemson or Florida State discussion has been a major one over the past couple of months as sites went from dropping their way-too-early top 25 rankings to their post-spring rankings. While both programs routinely find themselves in the top 15 of these rankings and, often, the top ten, the Seminoles have consistently ranked higher than the Tigers this off-season.
From an early look, the battle for the ACC should be an excellent one between two great programs with a ton of talent on their roster. The one thing about it is these teams face each other very early in the season.
College Sports Wire regional editor Patrick Conn recently released an article breaking down THE must-watch games for each week of the 2023 season. Clemson vs. Florida State is the game to watch in Week 4. Here is what Conn had to say.
The battle for ACC Atlantic supremacy begins in Week Four as Clemson and Florida State battle in Death Valley. This game could decide who plays in the conference title game representing the Atlantic division. Despite coming early in the season, this is a massive game.
Florida State surprised many with their 10-3 season a year ago. If they want to take back the ACC crown, they have to get through Clemson who has dominated the conference in recent memory. Jordan Travis has the talent, can he put it all together and avoid the pitfalls of a season ago?
Cade Klubnik is taking the reigns this season at quarterback after D.J. Uiagalelei left for Oregon State. Garrett Riley comes over from TCU as the new offensive coordinator. Klubnik showed promise last year but now he must guide this team back to the College Football Playoffs after a two year absence from the annual tournament.
Florida State holds the overall edge…