Tigers vs. Seminoles: Once again, the ACC has misplaced its jewel match-up

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs the ball past Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the first quarter to set Clemson up for a touchdown in the first quarter.

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs the ball past Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the first quarter to set Clemson up for a touchdown in the first quarter.

If I had a conference, led by a pair of elite teams who just happen to be lumped together in the same division; and if I had carte blanche to arrange the season's schedule any way I wanted, placement of those teams' head-to-head meeting would seem to be a no-brainer.

Write the Clemson-Florida State game down in permanent ink on November 16 (or Nov. 14 if you prefer), then take out the pencil and eraser and starting sketching from there.

The ACC's schedule-makers, it seems, have no flair for the dramatic.

As schedules go, the 2013 slate delivered to Clemson earlier this week by the ACC could be worse...much worse.

Bookended by high-profile, non-conference matches against top 10 opponents Georgia and South Carolina, Clemson's schedule between those two games meanders along in no great hurry as it helps define the 2013 ACC title race.

The Tigers will be idle on four Saturdays next fall. Two Thursday night games are preceded by open dates. There is just one set of back-to-back road games. Clemson's first bye is well-placed for assessing the Tigers' strengths and weaknesses heading into the conference portion of the schedule. The second allows some physical and mental recovery time headed into the home-stretch sequence of Georgia Tech, Citadel and South Carolina.

For those making the trip, Syracuse, N.Y. should be nice the first weekend of October.

But what about the Seminoles?

For one, they get an open week to prepare for the Tigers. But that's beside the point.

Last season, the ACC's powers-that-be decided to get the most high-profile and hype-able contest on the league schedule out of the way first.

This year's schedule does a little better. The FSU game at Death Valley on October 19 is the fifth conference game for Clemson and the fourth for Seminoles.

If Clemson wins, the Tigers will switch into business-trip mode the next two weekends for trips to College Park and Charlottesville, before finishing at home on Thursday night against Georgia Tech.

But why not Florida State instead of Georgia Tech, coming to the Upstate on a Thursday night; both teams unbeaten and ranked in the top five in the country?

It might not have worked out that way, but there's certainly a possibility.

The credibility-hungry ACC missed its chance.

Is anyone paying attention?

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33dtb writes:

......"The ACC's schedule-makers, it seems, have no flair for the dramatic."...........

They do, however, have a strong instinct to minimize anyone outside Tobacco Rd,and Clemson in particular.

Contributes to the perceived weakness of the conference- esp given the desperate "spinning" of the weaker SEC clowns.

jarheadtiger writes:

And yet the last time anyone from Tobacco Rd was a threat, Phillip Rivers was under center. Not knocking any of them, all decent programs and Duke had a nice year, but other than 2 years that Mack Brown was there, Heels have not been relevant since LT was a student. Wake, Grobes done a nice job, and Kudos for staying there when other bigger programs came calling. Am afraid it might have bitten him in the butt for those gigs now, but a well run program all things considered. NC State? Yeah, Obrian should have been fired just for running Russel Wilson off, that looked like a great move in retrospect I would say. Sorry to rant, but the Tobacco rd crew Bias does chafe me

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