One week after Florida State dominated rival Clemson in what was supposed to be the biggest game of the year and one week after it slipped past Oregon to become the No. 2 team in the country, the Seminoles take on NC State in a rematch of what was the lowest point of last year's season—when the Wolfpack upset the then-No. 3 Seminoles in Raleigh.
This year, FSU (6-0, 4-0 ACC) gets NC State (3-3, 0-3 ACC) at home, and with FSU catching fire at the right time and the Wolfpack on the decline, things could get ugly in Tallahassee.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Place: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Radio: Florida State IMGSportsNetwork
Spread: Florida State by 31.5 according to Bovada.lv
All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted.
Don't get complacent
Florida State is coming off what may be the biggest win in the Jimbo Fisher years. That might make the Seminoles overconfident and cocky going into a game against an opponent that has beat them the last four times they've been ranked in the AP Top 25. It doesn't seem to be an issue with this team, but college football is always random.
Play their game
Going off that, the Seminoles must play like they have against every team this season, something that they've acknowledged is key to their continued success. With last year's loss still fresh in their minds, this shouldn't be a problem.
Don't get intimidated
A bit hard to do when you're facing a team that scored 51 against the No. 3 team in the country, but if you want to shock the world, you can't get scared right off the bat.
Hope for a miracle
Maybe Jameis Winston will sleep in because he ate too many cheeseballs. Maybe Jimbo Fisher will use NCAA '14 to call plays. Maybe Kenny Shaw will run backwards every time he catches the ball just to see what it's like. You just never know!
The junior went off last week against Clemson, pulling in eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Expect Greene to put up similar numbers.
Is a reason even necessary at this point?
The defensive back is motivated to take down the Wolfpack, speaking in detail about how they owe them one for ruining the Seminoles' season last year. Brooks will be ready to redeem himself in his senior year and keep the hopes of a national championship berth alive.
The junior quarterback has struggled this season, only throwing for three touchdowns this year (a mark Jameis Winston has reached every game but two this season), but he'll be the key to sticking close with the 'Noles.
Dayes is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and has four touchdowns on the year. FSU's main weakness is its run defense, and Dayes should attack that deficiency as much as he can.
They’re coming off a bye week. They’ll be rested, they’ll be healed. They’ll get guys back on the field. They’ll have a lot of time to study, bring in new wrinkles to the game. (We’ve) got to get our kids focused and move on, I think they will. They understand that. We’ll get a good week of practice, get rested and get ready mentally and prepare to play this week and win the game during the week with that preparation.
Just like in life, there's always that one girl that got away, there's always that one play that got away. It got away from us. I look back, I already watched the game from last year, look at what you did wrong, what you did that week. Did you get enough sleep? Did you eat right? Did you watch enough film? Did you have a good practice?
I definitely remember [the game]. In particular, I feel like on the play they scored, I was on No. 10 and he caught the pass. I tried to jump it and get an interception. But he caught it and ran it in for the touchdown. That feeling, I felt like I let the team down when I didn't make that play. It just lets you know that now, I can make it up.
This is going to get really ugly, really fast. This team is still very upset about last year's game, and now that it has the offensive power to do it, it's going to make NC State pay for ruining its season last year.
Expect Jameis Winston to further solidify his Heisman candidacy and for the team to do its best to close the gap on Oregon in the human polls to secure its spot as No. 2.
Final Score: FSU 63, NC State 7