KICKOFF: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET
SITE: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C.
SERIES: Florida State leads the series, 18-8, although Clemson has beaten the Seminoles five consecutive times at home.
RANKINGS: Florida State No. 5, Clemson No. 3
KEYS TO THE GAME
One of Clemson's keys to success in its 6-0 start has been the Tigers' ability to get contributions from a wide range of offensive players. Just six games into the season, a school-record 11 different receivers have caught touchdown passes and 13 different offensive players have reached the end zone.
"Most of the time, when I'm happy, it's because more guys are touching the ball," Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd said. "When you have a lot of guys contributing, that means we're doing the right things."
That diversified offense could come in handy once again this week as No. 3 Clemson plays host to No. 5 Florida State in a highly anticipated Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at Memorial Stadium.
The battle of unbeaten teams has far-reaching repercussions, not the least of which are chances of winning the Atlantic Division title, earning a berth in the ACC championship game and remaining in contention for the national title.
To keep those dreams alive, the Tigers would be well-served to continue "spreading the wealth."
"That's just a philosophy we have," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "The more playmakers you have, the tougher it is for defenses to concentrate on one guy."
Three different Clemson running backs have scored this season, and that list doesn't include starter and leading rusher Roderick McDowell. All three of Clemson's tight ends have caught a touchdown pass, as have all six of the team's top receivers.
"I think it says that we're pretty comfortable in how we substitute," Swinney said. "We're confident in all of those guys, and we have some good experience mixed in with all the youth."
Even standout receiver Sammy Watkins has embraced the concept, saying he "can't focus on yards."
"It's all about the team and winning," Watkins said.
Watkins also has proven to be quite the decoy.
"He's as good of a decoy as there is in the game -- that's one decoy they cover," Swinney said. "He's pretty good bait, and that keeps them guessing and creates opportunities for other people."
And for Clemson, that seems to be a formula for success.