Florida State will face off against a hungry N.C. State team looking to knock the Seminoles off their conference pedestal and messing everything up in the Atlantic division of the country. The 'Noles will face off against Russell Wilson, who has been nothing short of spectacular thus far this season.
Or has he?
So far Wilson is completing 57.8 percent of his passes, but he's also thrown 294 times and connected on 170 of them. He's thrown for 2,124 yards with 18 touchdowns, but nine interceptions. In the two losses the Wolfpack have, Wilson threw three interceptions in each game. So again, is he everything that's been advertised?
N.C. State is ranked 17th in points scored, but they are ranked 55th in points surrendered giving up 23.7 points per game. Florida State averages 34.9 points per game while giving up only 16. Both teams have high-powered offenses where FSU is more balanced and N.C. State relies on their passing game primarily, but it will be the defenses that will be put on the spot in this matchup.
Will the young Florida State secondary be able to keep up with this pass-happy attack from the Wolfpack? Can the defense of N.C. State contain the rushing attack led by Jermaine Thomas and Chris Thompson?
The bye week should prove to have been a huge help for FSU. Christian Ponder has been battling injuries all year long and a week off was much needed. With fresh legs and N.C. State coming off of an emotional loss to ECU, this game could provide plenty of headlines afterwards.
If FSU can win Thursday night, it would be safe to say that they will have the Atlantic division locked up and they will be poised for a run at the ACC Championship. That's a big "if" though. With Clemson playing great football right now and North Carolina still fighting, the next three weeks will have major implications for this Seminole team.