Noles hope to "play like they practiced" vs. Clemson

Posted at 10:53 AM, Oct 18, 2013
and last updated 2015-03-04 17:31:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said the Seminoles are ready to “lock in” following Thursday’s final practice before heading to No. 3/4 Clemson on Friday.

In a familiar habit for road games over the last few years, FSU practiced for much of the week with artificial crowd noise piped onto the fields at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility to prepare for Clemson’s Memorial Stadium “Death Valley” environment on Saturday night.

The fourth-year head coach noted that he was very pleased with the final practices leading up to the ACC’s fourth-ever Top 5 showdown.

ESPN’s College GameDay road show will be in town and the stakes are high as the lead in the ACC’s Atlantic Division is on the line. 

It’s been two weeks since FSU last played – a commanding 63-0 victory over No. 25 Maryland – and the Seminoles have been chomping at the bit to face the Tigers in Clemson – a place they haven’t won since 2001.

If the way the Noles have practiced this week is any indication, Florida State will be ready to battle when the game kicks off at 8:22 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

“We were flying around and being very efficient in how we practiced,” Fisher said. “I really like that. We’re usually a team that plays like how we practice. I’m excited.”

The whole nation is excited for the marquee matchup between two of the ACC’s three undefeated teams as the winner will be in the driver’s seat for a spot in the ACC Championship Game.

ESPNU All-ACCESS Debuts Friday at 6 p.m.

ESPN’s “Inside the Program” production crew traveled to Florida State on Tuesday and Clemson on Wednesday, filming live SportsCenter and College Football Live hits and preparing features for College GameDay and an “All-Access” special on two teams preparing for this weekend.

FSU vs. Clemons: All-Access will debut on Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

FSU Injury Report at Clemson


Out for Game

LB      Matthew Thomas (shoulder)

TE      Jeremy Kerr (knee)

Out for Season

OL      Ira Denson (shoulder) 

TE      Kevin Haplea (knee)

WR     Jarred Haggins (knee)

DB      Tyler Hunter (neck)