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

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 19:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers 51-14 at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Jarvis ByrdS10/06/2013Out indefinitelyOutLeg
Darryl Cato-BishopDE10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida StateQuestionableAnkle
Rob CrispT09/08/2013Out indefinitelyOutConcussion
K'Hadree HookerWR08/26/2013Decided to transferOutPersonal
Ty McGillDT10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida StateQuestionableUndisclosed
Brandon MitchellQB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida StateQuestionableAnkle
Rashard SmithWR10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida StateQuestionableKnee
Pete ThomasQB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida StateQuestionableShoulder
Joe ThuneyT10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida StateQuestionableUndisclosed
Jack TochoCB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against Florida StateQuestionableShoulder
Logan WinklesFB08/13/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutKnee
USA Today

 

Seminoles Injury Report (via USA Today)

Seminoles Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Wilson BellOL09/16/2013Expected to miss 4-6 weeksOutKnee
Ira DensonG10/04/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutShoulder
Greg DentWR08/17/2013Suspended indefinitelySuspendedLegal/Disciplinary
Jarred HagginsWR08/15/2013Expected to miss the entire seasonOutKnee
Kevin HapleaTE08/08/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutKnee
Tyler HunterS10/09/2013Will miss the remainder of the seasonOutNeck
Jeremy KerrTE08/22/2013Expected to miss the entire seasonOutKnee
Mario PenderRB08/30/2013Will miss the entire seasonOutAcademics
James Wilder JrRB10/20/2013Questionable for Saturday's game against NC StateQuestionableConcussion
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:

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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