It's a matchup of ACC divisional leaders here in Tallahassee. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
TALLAHASSE, Fla.—On an unseasonably warm day in the Florida Panhandle, Duke and Florida State will soon take the field for warmups and then kick off what could be a preview of the ACC Championship game in Charlotte.
If Virginia Tech loses two more games (and has a game at Miami and a Thursday night game against these Seminoles in Blacksburg), then the winner of the regular-season finale between Duke and Miami will likely represent the Coastal Division in Charlotte.
Anyway, enough looking ahead. Back to the task at hand.
If you haven't already, check out my preview and prediction. And check out my story on Sean Renfree, which ran in print today. Head coach David Cutcliffe said he never considered pulling Renfree out last week at the end of the game in the red zone against North Carolina. That was not the case a few years ago.
Notable for the Seminoles is the loss of Chris Thompson, the leading rusher for Florida State who tore his ACL last week. Naturally, Florida State has two more-than-adequate replacements in James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman.
*One point of emphasis: no Duke player has ever played here in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium. In fact, the closest the Blue Devils have come to this atmosphere is Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, which holds about 20,000 fewer people than will be present today. The other notable ACC atmosphere is in Clemson, but Duke hasn't played there since 2008, when redshirt seniors such as Renfree were non-playing freshmen. Who knows if those guys even made that trip. I've got to believe the home-field advantage for Florida State is worth at least a touchdown today.
Anyway, sit back, relax, and let's see what awaits us here in Tallahassee.