Clemson fans will do a little scoreboard watching tonight when 16th ranked Florida State plays at N.C. State. Tonight’s game features the Tigers’ next two opponents and will have major implications on the ACC Atlantic division race.
The Seminoles are 6-1 and 4-0 in the ACC. They currently lead the Atlantic division. N.C. State is 5-2 and 2-1 in the ACC. Clemson (4-3, 2-2) will play host to N.C. State next weekend and will play at Florida State the following Saturday.
Obviously Clemson will be pulling for N.C. tonight. As it stands, the Tigers need help. However, if the Pack can find a way to beat the Seminoles Clemson will control its own destiny in the division race. To start 0-2 in the league and enter November in control of their own fate in the division would be quite a feat for the Tigers.
Even if the Seminoles lose, Clemson would still have a feasible, yet more difficult, path to the title game. The Noles would either have to lose at home to North Carolina on November 6th (possible) or at Maryland on the 20th.
Regardless of what happens tonight or in the month of November, Clemson has to win out to have a shot at playing in Charlotte. I remain skeptical that will happen. I figure Clemson will win at B.C. this weekend and I think they will take the Textile Bowl against N.C. State next week. It’s the road game at Florida State that could get tricky.
But that game is still a few weeks away and an F.S.U. loss tonight could make it a much more interesting game in Tallahassee.