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Florida State Seminoles vs. Clemson Tigers preview at a glance


The Tigers feature two of the top kickoff return men around, Spiller (31.9 yard average, third in the nation; FSU's Michael Ray Garvin is the leader) and Jacoby Ford (17.7). Oh yeah, the Seminoles have struggled covering kickoff returns, but they might be better with K Graham Gano handling that duty full-time.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

No. 24 FSU vs. Clemson, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 28, 1040-AM, 1470-AM

The Tigers (4-4, 2-3 ACC) were the favorites to win the conference for the first time since 1991, but they struggled mightily and coach Tommy Bowden resigned Oct. 13. Dabo Swinney took over on an interim basis and could have the Tigers back on track. QB Cullen Harper, temporarily benched a few weeks ago, looked sharper in last week's 27-21 win against Boston College (21-of-33, 252 yards). The biggest boost was the play of do-everything TB C.J. Spiller, right, who had been slowed by a hamstring injury but looked healthy again. He matched a 60-year-old school record with 105 yards receiving on six catches and had a career-high 242 all-purpose yards. Except for a meltdown against Alabama when the Tide rolled up 34 points, Clemson hasn't allowed more than 21 and features veteran defensive backs who should test the passing game of FSU (6-2, 3-2).

Florida State Seminoles vs. Clemson Tigers preview at a glance 11/07/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 7, 2008 9:34pm]
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