NC State vs. FSU: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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NC State vs. FSU: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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Florida State lit up the college football world last week with an amazing display of offense from Heisman candidate Jameis Winston as the Seminoles rolled over No. 3 Clemson, 51-14.

It's easy to look ahead to another major matchup with No. 7 Miami (FL) in two weeks, but sandwiched between the two marquee showdowns is a trap game with North Carolina State.

NC State is just 3-3, but Jimbo Fisher and Co. only need to look back to last year's stunning 17-16 upset at the hands of the Wolfpack for a reason to take the matchup seriously and not look ahead to the Hurricanes.

Here is everything fans need to know about the underrated ACC matchup.

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

Television: ABC

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: N/A
  • Spread: Florida State (-29.5)

 

Wolfpack Injury Report (via USA Today)

Wolfpack Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Jarvis Byrd S 10/06/2013 Out indefinitely Out Leg
Darryl Cato-Bishop DE 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State Questionable Ankle
Rob Crisp T 09/08/2013 Out indefinitely Out Concussion
K'Hadree Hooker WR 08/26/2013 Decided to transfer Out Personal
Ty McGill DT 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State Questionable Undisclosed
Brandon Mitchell QB 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State Questionable Ankle
Rashard Smith WR 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State Questionable Knee
Pete Thomas QB 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State Questionable Shoulder
Joe Thuney T 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State Questionable Undisclosed
Jack Tocho CB 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida State Questionable Shoulder
Logan Winkles FB 08/13/2013 Will miss the entire season Out Knee

USA Today

 

Seminoles Injury Report (via USA Today)

Seminoles Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Wilson Bell OL 09/16/2013 Expected to miss 4-6 weeks Out Knee
Ira Denson G 10/04/2013 Will miss the remainder of the season Out Shoulder
Greg Dent WR 08/17/2013 Suspended indefinitely Suspended Legal/Disciplinary
Jarred Haggins WR 08/15/2013 Expected to miss the entire season Out Knee
Kevin Haplea TE 08/08/2013 Will miss the entire season Out Knee
Tyler Hunter S 10/09/2013 Will miss the remainder of the season Out Neck
Jeremy Kerr TE 08/22/2013 Expected to miss the entire season Out Knee
Mario Pender RB 08/30/2013 Will miss the entire season Out Academics
James Wilder Jr RB 10/20/2013 Questionable for Saturday's game against NC State Questionable Concussion

USA Today

 

Can Florida State Overcome History?

It's no secret that Winston and the Seminoles are one of the nation's best teams and have obliterated any and all competition, having won each contest by 14 or more points and failing to score under 40.

That said, the Wolfpack own the Seminoles when Florida State is ranked, as  of News & Observer illustrates:

The past four times the teams have played when Florida State was ranked, the Wolfpack has won. N.C. State beat the No. 3 Seminoles last year, 17-16 in Raleigh; No. 16 Florida State in 2010, 28-24 in Raleigh; No. 17 Florida State in 2006, 24-20 in Raleigh, and the No. 9 Seminoles in 2005, 20-15 in Tallahassee.

History is certainly an issue, as is the fact that NC State was able to spend its entire bye week preparing for the showdown. Even better, as WRAL-TV's Erin Summers points out, the Wolfpack will have starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell back:

The Seminoles have to avoid history and looking ahead (heck, or experiencing a letdown after a major win), but they also have to prepare for a bit of an unknown. With little recent tape on Mitchell, he brings speed and unpredictability to the quarterback position.

Last year was rather straightforward for Florida State in terms of preparation for Mike Glennon and Co., and that didn't turn out so well. How the Seminoles prepare will determine the outcome.

 

Prediction

At the end of the day, there is one decisive factor between the two teams, and his name is Jameis. The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre puts it best:

Which team wins?

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Despite his freshman status, Winston is one of the nation's best and most composed quarterbacks. He's the reason for Florida State's success to this pointthanks to his 1,885 passing yards, 20 touchdowns to three interceptions and 330 yards or more in four of six games. 

Simply put, Winston will not allow a letdown. The Wolfpack may finally be back at full strength and have the Seminoles' number, but Florida State has not had a quarterback this talented since the Heisman days of Charlie Ward about 20 years ago. 

Winston will propel the Seminoles through the upset alert with ease.

 

Final Score: Seminoles win 45-14.

 

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