Ten games that could change the BCS
Clemson at Florida State
When: Saturday, Sept. 22
Buzz: Not only is a possible shot at the national championship on the line in this one but also possibly the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division title. Last year, Clemson jumped out to a 21-10 halftime lead and held on for a 35-30 victory. Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes – two of them to star receiver Sammy Watkins – and the offense rolled up more than 440 yards against a potent Florida State defense. Clemson went on to win the division title and the conference crown before getting embarrassed in the Orange Bowl against West Virginia. The team returns all the major components on offense – Boyd, Watkins and Andre Ellington – and brought in former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables to overhaul the Tigers’ defense. Last season was a major disappointment for Florida State. The Seminoles entered the season with talks of the program being back on the national scale. However that was farthest from the truth. It started with three straight losses beginning with top-ranked Oklahoma in Week 3 followed by losses to Clemson and Wake Forest. Once again, Florida State should be considered a possible title contender, thanks in part to its stellar defense. FSU was ranked fourth in the nation in total defense and again they will get tested against the high-powered offense of Clemson.