Clemson is getting ready to host what many are billing as the most important conference game in ACC history, and the No. 3 Tigers appear to be pulling out the stops to secure any possible advantage over the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Clemson athletic department announced that they have their sights set on breaking the Guinness World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar during the the game, which will likely decide the ACC Atlantic Division and put the winner in excellent shape for a run at the BCS National Championship.
Though Florida State's freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has been outstanding this season, he hasn't had to win a game in an environment as hostile as the one that Clemson will attempt to create. For his part, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is doing everything he can to prepare his team for the exceptionally loud conditions.
Clemson has not provided its fans with any specific instructions about how they should attempt to achieve the desired extra loudness. They're a pretty raucous bunch as it is, something that national audiences witnessed as recently as their 38-35 season-opening against Georgia.
The Tiger faithful claim that Memorial Stadium got as loud as 133.7 decibels during a 2007 game against Boston College, but documentation of that assertion is mostly limited to message board speculation. If today's press release is any indication, Clemson athletic department staffers will be out in full force with their Guinness-approved decibel meters on Saturday.