Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is counting on a rowdy crowd giving FSU freshman quarterback Jameis Winston a traditional Death Valley welcome when the teams meet Saturday night.
The Tigers, he said, will need all the help they can get.
"Their quarterback is special," Swinney said. "I know he's a redshirt freshman, but he looks like a full-grown man to me. So far he's answered every test - he hasn't been overwhelmed by anything.
"But this is a tough place to play for anybody. We need for our crowd to create the energy that we need, and to make it more difficult for them."
Swinney goes into this week's game with a 90 percent winning percentage (18-2) against ACC opponents at home, including a 2-0 record against Florida State.
"This is just the best place in the world," Swinney said. "I look on TV a lot of times watching film and see good schools in good games, and there's not hardly anybody there. So I don't take this for granted. You work so hard, as a coach or a player, getting ready, and here you show up on game day and it means something when you get off the bus and people are lined up and are excited and passionate.
"That's what makes college football special, and nobody does it better than Clemson. This place is second to none, as far as tailgating, pageantry, the Rock, the Hill and all the emotion. It's just awesome."
Winston will be trying to become the first freshman starting quarterback to win at Death Valley since Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor in 2007.
Quarterbacks Impress Former NFL Execs
Both teams know it's going to be more than a two-man game, but former NFL executive Gil Brandt says he's expecting the top single-game quarterback showcase of the season when Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston square off Saturday night.
"This will be a game that will match up probably the two best quarterbacks on the field at one time this season," said Brandt, who is now an NFL Media senior analyst. "I don't know of another matchup that will have two quarterbacks that are as good as these guys."
Brandt, who built a Super Bowl champion at Dallas as the Cowboys' director of player personnel, told The Associated Press that both Boyd and Winston have promising NFL futures.
"I don't think in the long run you can go wrong on either one - both of them will be players on Sunday," Brandt said. "Boyd is a shorter guy. When you're a little shorter, you look like you're a better athlete. But I think that they're both very, very good athletes. Both have that very good speed for the position. I think Winston just may have a little stronger arm.
"Both of those guys have got enough talent that it doesn't make any difference what offense they're running. As quarterbacks, they're athletic, they're strong-armed, they've got accuracy, they've got everything that you want."
Sam Wyche, former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengls and Tampa Bay Bucs, now lives in Pickens County and has watched Boyd develop during his career.
He likes what he's seen.
"(Boyd) is on time with his throws, and he carries the ball in the correct position," Wyche said. "I've really been proud of him because of how he's handled his movement into stardom."
Back In The Game
Swinney said Tuesday that he anticipates redshirt freshmen Germone Hopper and Ronald Geohaghan to be available against the Seminoles on Saturday after they complete their "team discipline requirements" this week.
Hopper, a wide receiver who named ACC rookie of the week earlier this season, and Geohaghan, a defensive back, were suspended for the Boston College game for disciplinary reasons.