Tale of the Tape: Wolfpack vs. 'Noles

Both Florida State and North Carolina State enter Saturday's showdown riding a two-game winning streak. Perhaps more than any other ACC foe, the Wolfpack have been a thorn in FSU's side.

The Matchup

Florida State (4-3, 2-2 ACC) looks to extend its winning streak to three games Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium against North Carolina State (4-3, 1-2) in an Atlantic Division matchup. ...

The Seminoles and Wolfpack are chasing divisional front-runners Clemson and Wake Forest, with the loser facing virtual elimination from title contention. ...

FSU is coming off a 41-16 win at home against Maryland, marking the second consecutive week it has won by the same score. The 'Noles knocked off Duke 41-16. No team in ACC history has scored back-to-back wins by that score. ...

NC State extended its winning streak to two games by collecting a 28-14 triumph at Virginia. It was the first ACC win of the season for the Wolfpack. ...

The Wolfpack has historically been a fast-finishing team under coach Tom O'Brien and needs to win three of its last five to become bowl eligible. ...

After matching a season-high 41 points against an FBS opponent last week, FSU has scored 30 points or more in six of seven contests this season. The Seminoles have no shortage of scoring weapons, as 15 different players have accounted for 30 offensive touchdowns. FSU has one defensive score and also gets better than nine points a game from kicker Dustin Hopkins.

The Series

Florida State leads the all-time series against NC State 21-10, including an 11-4 mark against the Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. ...

This will be the 20th meeting between the programs as Atlantic Coast Conference rivals. While the Seminoles have a 13-6 advantage in league play, NC State's six wins are tied with Clemson for the most by an ACC opponent.

NC State won last season's Thursday night showdown in Raleigh 28-24, a victory they didn't seal until recovering a fumble in the waning seconds to stop FSU's potential game-winning drive.

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The all-time series dates back to 1952. FSU and NC State squared off for six consecutive years on two occasions (1952-57 and 1963-69) in the early years of the rivalry. This will be the 20th consecutive annual meeting as ACC members.

The Coaches

Florida State: Second-year coach Jimbo Fisher has an all-time record of 14-7, including an 8-4 ACC regular season mark. Fisher led the Seminoles to a 10-4 record in his inaugural 2010 season, which included a 6-2 ACC mark, good for the Atlantic Division title.

NC State: Tom O'Brien is in his fifth season at the helm of the Wolfpack, where he's posted a 29-28 record, including a 15-20 mark in league play. O'Brien spent 10 seasons as head coach at Boston College, where he was 75-45 overall and 10-6 in ACC play over two years.

John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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