Florida State is pumping artificial crowd noise over speakers at practice to prepare for a hostile environment when it plays at Clemson on Saturday.
Piercing cheers and screams reverberate throughout Florida State’s practice field, spilling over to the Tallahassee campus. The noise even echoes deep into the bowels of nearby Doak Campbell Stadium.
It is just a small sampling of what looms at Clemson for the Seminoles.
“It’s tons of noise and you can barely hear in practice, but in Death Valley you can’t hear at all,” Florida State running back Karlos Williams said. “You get goose bumps talking about it, goose bumps in the stadium.”
The No. 5 Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 ACC) and No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) meet Saturday at 8 p.m.
GEORGIA: It looks like the Bulldogs will be without tailback Todd Gurley for a third consecutive game.
Gurley hasn’t been able to do much in practice this week, coach Mark Richt said. “We’re preparing to play without him.”
Safety Tray Matthews also looks like he will miss his third consecutive game with a pulled hamstring.
“Tray isn’t even attempting to do any football specific-drills,” Richt said. “Todd’s at least doing some things that were football-related.”
PLAYOFF SELECTION COMMITTEE: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014.
The committee members were officially unveiled Wednesday, though the names had been reported last week by The Associated Press and other media outlets. Earlier this week, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was announced as the chairman of the first selection committee for the new postseason system that replaces the Bowl Championship Series next year.
The committee will choose four teams to play in the national semifinals and seed them. The winners of those games, played on a rotating basis at six bowl sites, will meet a week later for the national championship.
Long and BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, who will assume the same position in the new postseason format, announced the committee members at a news conference at the College Football Playoff offices in Irving, Texas. The panel is made up of current athletic directors, former players and coaches and college administrators, and a former member of the media.
“Our work will be difficult, but rewarding at the same time,” Long said. “We have important judgments to make during that process. We realize we represent all of college football.”
The rest of the members are:
Tom Osborne, former Nebraska coach; Barry Alvarez, athletic director, Wisconsin; Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy;. Pat Haden, athletic director, Southern California; Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president; Oliver Luck, athletic director, West Virginia; Steve Wieberg, former college football reporter, USA Today; Tyrone Willingham, former head coach of Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington and Mike Tranghese, former commissioner of the Big East Conference.
SOUTHERN CAL: Wide receiver Marqise Lee returned to practice Tuesday and said he should be ready to play against Notre Dame on Saturday.
Lee took part in the early portion of the practice, showing no ill effects from the knee sprain that has relegated him to the sideline since he suffered the injury Sept. 28 against Arizona State.
“I’m good and I had a great day today,” Lee said. “I think that I’m coming around pretty good. I think by Saturday afternoon I’ll be OK -- 100 percent.”