Clemson's Dabo Swinney
On Clemson's defense: "They're playing very consistent for us. We have had five straight games now that we have been stingy with points. We have been holding opponents to 14 or less in these five games, that has not happened since 1989 or 90, so just being very consistent, much more consistent with our execution, and we've still got some things that we have got to improve upon, but that's the biggest thing.
"Last year at this time, we were very inconsistent from an execution standpoint and just doing all the little things that we needed to do. But that's been the biggest improvement. Guys are where they are supposed to be and have a good feel playing with high energy and we are just much more experienced on that side of the ball than we've been in a while."
On the top-five matchup with FSU: "These are the type of games that you want to be a part of, whether you're a player or a coach. You want to be at the highest level and be in the game. This is our fourth top 10 matchup in our last nine games, including three in a row at one stretch.
"Our guys understand what comes with this type of matchup and the stage that you get. It's fun. It's exciting. You know, every week for us, again, is the biggest game of the year, but some are just a little more special. You don't get an opportunity to have this type of match up every single week.
"In some games you've got a little more room for error. This is one of them where you don't have much room, very, very small margin for error. But again, that's what makes college football great, and it's great for our conference. We're sitting here with three undefeated Top 10 teams.
"I think we are the only league out there that's got three undefeated teams, and to have two of them have to match up, and not only match up and play, but be in the same division, I think it's great. I don't have any doubt that regardless of the outcome of this game, Clemson and Florida State are going to be very much in the picture the rest of the year."
On Tajh Boyd's impact on the program: "He's part of the bricks and mortar around here. He and I came in here together. I mean, we started together - '09 was his first season and my first season; he red shirted that year. My big thing with him was 'I've got this job and here's the vision for the program.' I didn't really have a track record at the time as a head coach obviously and I was like, you know what I need a quarterback, somebody I can build this thing around.
"He trusted me and he came here, and like I said, he's been a part of all the bricks and mortar that's taken place. And we've really built a great foundation over the last four years, a great foundation that can sustain consistent success; so that when Tajh Boyd is no longer here, we can continue to do well.
"It's been a great journey to watch that young man come in here and have the type of career that he's had, grow into the man that he is and just embrace being the starting quarterback at Clemson like he has. He's been such a great ambassador, and his impact and legacy will last a long, long time here at Clemson university. There's no doubt about that. We're very proud of him.
Florida State's Jimbo Fisher
On facing Clemson: "This is an important game for both schools. It has been for a while with the Atlantic Division and for the ACC in general and also nationally. We are very excited to play in this game, looking forward to competing in the game and also know Clemson has a great ball club, very well talented and well coached and should be an outstanding contest and definitely going to have our A-Game to come out of there with a victory. But looking forward to the opportunity to see what happens."
On preparing for Clemson's up-tempo offense: "A lot more people are doing that, but Clemson does it so well that it's still more difficult. But we practice against it every day. We went against it on our scout teams and rapid pace and all those things, simulated."
On Clemson's defensive line: "I think it will be a very tough matchup. I think we have a very good offensive line but I think they have a very good defensive line. I think with Vic (Beasley) and (Corey) Crawford and all those guys, they are deep. They play a lot of guys. They rotate a lot of guys.
"I think they are a very physical football team, and very dominant. They lead the country in sacks. You don't be able to do that without being able to create a lot of pressure and have a lot of talent and be very well coached."
On the improvement in Clemson's defense: "I think they're older. They are more mature. I think they are comfortable in their scheme. I think a lot of things, just like us offensively and defensively as we are growing through the year, I think guys have been in the system longer and they understand it. I think that allows, as you understand something better, it allows your talent to come out and you play much faster, and I think that's what's happening with them."
On Lamarcus Joyner vs. Tajh Boyd: "I think everybody has to be able to cover everybody. We'll use people in different matchups during the game depending on situations and what we do and we'll make some multiple coverages; we have to. Because if you don't, Tajh will just eat you alive because he makes so many good reads and the receivers know what is going on. So it will be a very critical matchup, there's no doubt and we'll have our hands full."
On dealing with the Death Valley noise: "We do regular crowd noise like we would for any other game. You have to learn to be mentally tough, and it is a very tough environment, it's a great atmosphere. And that's one of the advantages of playing a home game, just like Doak Campbell is when people come here.
"I think it is very critical. I think to be a great team, you have to play well on the road and you have to handle those situations, so I think it's something that is in an athlete's mind and repertoire that he has to understand and deal with that, and most of them do."
On Jameis Winston's practice week: "He's practiced well and he's practiced like he has all the other weeks. He seems very relaxed and focused on what he has to do as far as his execution and it's been a normal week of practice."