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Fun Fact Friday: FSU-Clemson Winner Has Claimed 10 Straight ACC Atlantic Titles

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It’s safe to say that Florida State is not a popular pick to end reigning national champion Clemson’s 20-game winning streak at Death Valley on Saturday. Should it happen however, bigger things may be just around the corner.

Since Clemson’s 40-24 home victory over the Seminoles in 2009, the annual winner of the meeting between the Seminoles and Tigers have gone on to win the ACC’s Atlantic division every year. Since 2011, the annual winner has gone on to win the conference.

FSU will be about a 4-touchdown underdog when the teams kick things off on Saturday — the biggest underdog it has ever been in an ACC game. Clemson has won the last four meetings and handed the Seminoles their worst home less ever last season in Tallahassee, 59-10.

Since 2009, Clemson holds a 6-4 edge over the Seminoles. Home teams are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

The last time that a team other than Florida State or Clemson won the ACC was in 2010 when Virginia Tech downed the Seminoles in the ACC Championship, 44-33. The last year that neither of two programs played for the ACC Championship was in 2008 when Boston College won the tiebreaker during a season in which each of the six teams in the division finished within one game of each other.

The winner of Saturday’s contest will control its own destiny to the ACC Championship. The Tigers are currently 3-0 in ACC play while the Seminoles are 2-1. FSU’s lone conference loss came on the road against a Coastal division opponent in Virginia.

Clemson hasn’t lost an ACC home game since falling to Pittsburgh during its national championship season of 2016. FSU hasn’t beat a ranked ACC team on the road since topping Miami in 2016. Those are two streaks that the Seminoles would like to see end on Saturday.

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