TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Dabo Swinney said he is “Super Pumped” about the prospects of seeing most of his first-team defense back on the field when No. 4 Clemson takes on Florida State tonight at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Tigers (6-0, 4-0 ACC) welcome back defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, along with safeties Tyler Venables and R.J. Mickens. Cornerback Sheridan Jones is still day-to-day and is questionable for tonight’s game.
Last week, the Clemson defense welcomed back defensive end Xavier Thomas and defensive tackle Tre’ Williams. Cornerback Malcolm Greene was also available to play if needed.
“They have all been there at one point or another, but having everybody available at one time, we really have not had that just yet,” Swinney said. “So, hopefully, we will be able to play at a high level and play sharp, smart, keep guys fresh, but we have a tough challenge on our hands, especially with this quarterback they got.
“But it is great. I am really happy to have Bryan back. I am excited for him. Obviously, he has been through a lot. It has been good to watch him in practice. Obviously, to get some of these secondary guys back, as well.”
Here are a few things you need to know about tonight’s game.
Opponent: Florida State (4-2, 2-2 ACC)
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Latest Line: Clemson minus-3.5
All-Time Series: Florida State leads, 20-14
Games at Clemson: Clemson leads, 9-8
Games at FSU: Florida State leads, 12-5
Neutral Site: 0-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 30, 2021, Clemson won 30-20
Streak: Clemson, won 6
What to Watch for This Week:
- Clemson has scored at least 30 points in every game this season, tying the 2000 and 2020 teams for the most consecutive games of scoring at least 30 points to start a season.
- Clemson is looking to go 7-0 for just the 10th time in school history. It could also mark the seventh time the Tigers have done so under head coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson won a conference title in eight of the previous nine seasons they start a season 7-0.
- Clemson is the first team to appear on ABC’s Primetime Game of the Week three consecutive weeks since Oklahoma did the same in 2015.
- Associated Press Top 15 teams are a combined 83-3 this season. Two of those three losses by current AP Top 15 members have come at the hands of Clemson, which defeated No. 14 Wake Forest and No. 15 NC State in consecutive weeks. The only other team that can claim a victory this season against a team presently ranked in the AP Top 15 is No. 1 Georgia, which earned a seasonopening win against Oregon, who sits now at No. 12.
- With a win, Clemson can tie its fourth longest win streak in school history. A win would be the Tigers 13th in a row, tying the 1939-’40 teams that won 13 straight and the 1980-’81 teams.
- Either Clemson or Florida State have combined to win 10 of the last 11 ACC titles and have played in the championship game in 12 of the last 13 years.
- Clemson attempting to win seven consecutive games against Florida State for the first time in series history. It would be the second-longest winning streak against the Seminoles by an opponent all-time, trailing Florida’s eightgame winning streak against FSU from 1968-76.
- Clemson attempting to win a third consecutive game at Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time in series history.
- Clemson is seeking a 13th consecutive win. The Tigers’ current 12-game win streak is the longest active streak in the country.
- Clemson is seeking a sixth consecutive road win. Clemson’s five-game road winning streak is the third-longest active streak in the country.
- A win would make Clemson 99-3 against unranked teams since the start of the 2012 season.
- Clemson playing a fifth night game in the first seven games of a season for the first time since 1949.
- Clemson attempting to finish even or positive in the turnover margin for an 11th consecutive game, dating to last season. It would be Clemson’s first time doing so since an 11-game streak across the 1996-97 seasons.
- Clemson attempting to outrush its opponent for an 11th straight game, dating to last season. It would tie for the sixth-longest streak by Clemson since 1954 (12 from 1986-87) and be Clemson’s longest streak since a 29-game streak from 1990-92, the longest on record in that span.
- Clemson entering the game having scored in 24 of 26 periods of play this season (including 24 quarters and two overtimes). The lone periods in which Clemson has not scored came in the first quarter against Georgia Tech and the fourth quarter against Furman. Clemson enters Saturday’s game having scored in 18 consecutive periods.
- Clemson attempting to hold a third consecutive opponent to fewer than 40 yards rushing for the first time since late in the 1991 season. That also represents the last time Clemson has held three straight opponents below 2.0 yards per carry.
—Clemson Athletic Communications contributed to this story