It's a huge game for No. 4 Clemson. It might mean even more for struggling Florida State.

CLEMSON, S.C. — It's a huge game for No. 4 Clemson. It might mean even more for struggling Florida State.

The one-time game of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference is now just the latest stepping stone for the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC, No. 4 CFP ) in their path toward the league title game and College Football Playoff. The Seminoles (3-5, 3-4), twisting through a season of injuries and underachievement , are seeking one final big splash to show they're not that far off from the powerhouse program they were projected to be when the year began.

"Clemson's got the hype right now. They're in the top four (in the CFP) right now," Florida State cornerback Levonta Taylor said. "Just going to go out there do what we can do, play the best Florida State football we can play."

And most years, that usually means problems for opponents.

"We'll get the very best version of Florida State this week," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said flatly.

The Tigers should at least get a version that might have some momentum. Florida State snapped a two-game losing streak with a 27-24 win over Syracuse (the only team to beat Clemson this year) a week ago. The victory didn't solve everything that's gone wrong in a season that began with Florida State projected to win the ACC and potentially play for a national title.

It did, however, give the Seminoles a burst of confidence to carry into Death Valley.

"We'd better build on it quick, because we play a great team this week, play one of the top four teams in the country," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant said he and other new offensive starters are eager to close out league play with a third straight ACC Atlantic Division, but first title with the new group on the field.

"Really excited for this game," Bryant said.