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Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2020

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't sure which version of Florida State his No. 4 Tigers will see on Saturday.

Will his Tigers run into the Seminoles who were dismantled by Louisville, Pitt and N.C. State in their last three games? Or will they get the one that dealt North Carolina its only defeat of the season?

Suffice to say Swinney is prepping his team for the latter.

"I know their record is not what they want it to be, but they are improving greatly," Swinney said of the Seminoles, who are 2-6 overall and 1-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. "They are figuring out their personnel. They've got a lot of young guys playing and they are competing. Those guys continue to lay it on the line."

Clemson, which is coming off a bye week following its 47-40 double-overtime loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 7, enter Saturday's game at 7-1 and 6-1 in league play. The Tigers haven't lost back-to-back games since November of 2011.

The loss at Notre Dame ended the Tigers' 28-game winning streak against ACC opponents, but Swinney said the Tigers are ready for a reset, particularly with standout quarterback Trevor Lawrence back in the fold. Lawrence missed the Tigers' last two games with COVID-19 but is set to return to action Saturday at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium.

"He's chomping at the bit to play," Swinney said. "He's Trevor. He's well-prepared and focused and really locked in. You know what you're going to get from (No.) 16, there's no doubt about that."

Freshman D.J. Uiagalelei played well in Lawrence's stead, passing for 781 yards and four touchdowns in his two starts, but Lawrence adds another level, which starts with his maturity and confidence.

"He is a special talent," Florida State coach Mike Norvell said. "He's a fun player to watch -- not only the physical tools, but really the charisma that he brings and the leader that he is."

While Clemson will have Lawrence back, the Tigers still won't have top linebacker James Skalski for a fourth straight game with a groin injury. But Swinney is hopeful that multiple players who missed the Notre Dame game may return, including starting defensive tackle Tyler Davis and starting linebacker Mike Jones Jr.

"We had a much-needed break and we took good advantage of it," Swinney said, "studying ourselves and getting some guys healthy. It has been a weekly challenge, just having consistency and continuity from week to week. The guys are eager to get back going. We've got 18 days left in our season. Anything you get after that you've got to earn."

Clemson has dominated the series against Florida State in recent years, winning five in a row and 10 of the last 15. The last time the Tigers visited Tallahassee, in 2018, they dealt the Seminoles their worst home loss in school history (59-10).

"Our guys, they know the challenge that's ahead," Norvell said. "They know the football team that's coming in here is an exceptional team in all aspects. They've got dynamic players all over the field."

The Seminoles, who have been depleted by the early departures of wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, will counter with counter with sophomore quarterback Jordan Travis, who is a dual-threat player who has had some bright moments.

"He's a problem," Swinney said. "We've not done a great job of containing the quarterback and getting him on the ground when have opportunities, and this guy is as good as we're going to see."

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Florida State Seminoles

  • Jordan Travis

    day-to-day | questionable

    Travis sat out the previous game due to an unspecified injury, and his status is in question going forward.

  • Darius Washington

    day-to-day | questionable

    Washington departed the previous game with a right leg injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up going forward.

  • Jordan Young

    day-to-day | questionable

    Young missed the last game due to an unlisted ailment, and it is undetermined if he will be in uniform moving forward.

  • Cory Durden

    out for season | out

    Durden has opted-out of the remainder of the 2020 season due to a personal decision.

  • Meiko Dotson

    out for season | out

    Dotson suffered a season-ending undefined injury.

  • Chubba Purdy

    out for season | out

    Purdy will miss the remainder of the 2020 season due to issues with the collarbone that he broke earlier this season.

  • Tre'Shaun Harrison

    Elig Dec 12 | out

    Harrison will have to sit out until at least Dec. 12 against Stanford due to NCAA transfer rules.

Clemson Tigers

  • Dorian O'Daniel

    day-to-day | questionable

    O'Daniel left the previous game with a knee injury, and it is unknown if it will impede his availability for Week 13 against the Broncos.

  • John Williams

    Out indefinitely | out

    Williams has been sitting out due to an undetermined ailment, and it remains to be seen when he will be available next.

  • Lannden Zanders

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Zanders sat out the previous game with a shoulder injury, and it is up in the air if he will compete against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

  • Jack McCall

    Ques Sat | questionable

    McCall has sat out the previous three games with an unspecified ailment, and it is unknown if he will step on the field Saturday versus Virginia Tech.

  • Matt McMahan

    Ques Sat | questionable

    McMahan has sat out the last four games with an undefined ailment, and it remains to be seen if he will face Virginia Tech on Saturday.

  • Drew Swinney

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Swinney missed the last game due to an unannounced injury, and it remains to be seen if he will participate in Saturday's battle with Virginia Tech.

  • Joseph Ngata

    out for season | out

    Ngata will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery for an unspecified ailment.

  • Ty Lucas

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Lucas has missed the last four games due to an injury to an unlisted area, and it is undetermined if he will take the field against Virginia Tech on Saturday.