FSU lost to NC State last season, 17-16.
If Florida State wants to potentially play for a national championship, it first has to get past NC State.
At 3-3 overall, beating the Wolfpack Saturday may not appear like much of a challenge for an undefeated ‘Noles team that just bashed then-No. 3 Clemson last weekend, but consider this: In the last four times that FSU has been ranked in the AP Poll and played against un-ranked NC State, the Wolfpack has won all four matchups.
A season ago, Florida State went to Carter-Finley Stadium ranked exactly where it is now — at No. 3 in the AP Poll — only to see its nationa- championship chances dashed in 17-16 loss to NC State.
So this week, with the eyes of the country on the hottest team in the nation, Jimbo Fisher’s message to his team has been clear: “Feel that pain,” Fisher said. “You want that pain again? Don’t prepare. You want to eliminate that pain? Prepare and take care of business.”
The Seminoles didn’t focus on the program’s five-game streak of losses at Clemson’s Death Valley prior to the 51-14 streak-busting blowout and they sure aren’t dwelling on the second-half struggles that plagued last year’s squad that fell to NC State.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t aware of that pain. And it means that no matter what, FSU can’t overlook the Wolfpack no matter what the team’s record says.
“I wouldn’t call it a revenge [game] because this is a totally different team,” FSU junior wide receiver Rashad Greenesaid. “It’s just a lesson learned.”