Sept. 22, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As Jimbo Fisher said this week, Florida State players must be prepared to "flip it" at Clemson for Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game on ESPN.
A week after playing in one of the loudest ballgames in the history of Doak Campbell Stadium, Fisher has cautioned his players throughout practice this week that it will be a major role-reversal in Death Valley this weekend.
Last Saturday, Oklahoma had to deal with playing in a hostile road environment. Now it's the 'Noles' turn.
"A lot of our guys have been in it," Fisher said. "Some of our younger guys have not been. They nderstand what's going to be there. All they have to do is look at this past weekend at our stadium and just flip it and what it's going to be like for the opposing team. But you mentally prepare them and you talk to them."
Clemson's Memorial Stadium doesn't hold as many fans as FSU's house does but it's very close. Death Valley has a maximum capacity of 81,500 and every one one of those seats is expected to have someone in it on Saturday.
Against the Sooners, the FSU defense benefitted tremendously from the volume of its home crowd. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones had difficulty calling plays at the line of scrimmage because his teammates couldn't hear him.
The FSU offense now expects the same treatment in their first conference game of the year.
"The main thing is communication," starting left tackle Andrew Datko said. "It's going to be loud. When communication's not going, that's when confusion starts setting in."
To get prepared for the noise, the Seminoles have been practicing with artificial crowd sounds blaring through speakers on the Al Dunlap Practice Fields.
"That's a concentration thing," Fisher said. "During practice you really have to focus at what's going on; read lips. I think it helped practice, made it that much sharper."
The 'Noles will need to be razor sharp when they take the field in South Carolina. FSU has not won at Clemson in 10 years, dating back to the 2001 season.
THE RETURN OF THE ROAD WARRIORS
While the football team is preparing for its first trip of the season, so too are the Road Warriors.
In conjunction with Camping World of Tallahassee, the Seminole Boosters and several other terrific sponsors through IMG College, the Digital Media staff (myself, Scott Kotick and Layne Herdt) here in the FSU Athletics Department will travel on an RV to the 'Noles' away games this season.
During our journey, make sure you stay tuned to the Twitter handle @Seminoles_com for updates and to see if we make any stops near you. We have a few giveaways and we'd love to interact with Florida State fans during our journey.
The Road Warriors will be in attendance at the FSU function being held at the Carolina Ale House from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday night. The restaurant is located at 113 South Main Street in Greenville, SC. The event is a conjunction between the Florida State Alumni Association and the Seminole Boosters.
If you are going to the game, come find us. We will be parked in Clemson's RV lot in spaces 207 and 208. The parking area is just west of Memorial Stadium.
All of the written and video content that we produce during our Road Warrior trips can be found on the Doak Insider Blog throughout the year.