Following last weekend's commanding 51-14 victory at then-No.3 Clemson, FSU took Sunday off and, after returning late, cut back on Monday's practice. Fisher said the team gradually picked it up and had great practices on Wednesday and Thursday.
Last season, an undefeated Florida State team fell to the Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C., 17-16. Since then, the Seminoles have won 10 consecutive games against ACC opponents with an average margin of victory being a whopping 42.5 points.
On Saturday, not only will the Seminoles look to extend their ACC win streak to 11 games, they will also look to move to 7-0 for just the ninth time in school history.
FSU will also be honoring legendary former head coach Bobby Bowden, too. Bowden guided the Seminoles to seven of those previous 7-0 starts.
The winningest head coach in FBS history (377 wins), Bowden returns to the field that bears his name for the first time since he retired following the 2009 season. He coached the Seminoles from 1976-2009 and won two national championships, 12 ACC titles and took FSU to 31 bowl games.
Fisher said he couldn't be happier and excited to have Bowden back at Doak Campbell Stadium.
"There's no one who appreciates it any more than I do," Fisher said. "There will be a lot of excitement right now for him and there always has been from my part. I love him; he's the greatest of all time – very happy that he is getting acknowledged the way he should be."
FSU Injury Report vs. NC State
Out for Game
TE Jeremy Kerr (knee)
LB Matthew Thomas (shoulder)
RB James Wilder (concussion)
Out for Season OL Ira Denson (shoulder)
TE Kevin Haplea (knee)
WR Jarred Haggins (knee)
DB Tyler Hunter (neck)
Jimbo Fisher Post Practice Quotes – Oct. 24, 2013
"Very good Thursday. I really liked our focus, liked our attention to detail, execution; we had a great mindset, hopefully we can carry that on to Saturday. I was very pleased; we had a good week of practice. Like I said, we got back late early Sunday morning, we cut it back a little bit, Tuesday we picked up, Wednesday got a lot better, I like where we are going, I like our energy level, I like our mindset, hopefully we will continue that well and play well on Saturday. We are going to have to – NC State is going to come in here well rested and well prepared."
On after traveling, does the team feel well-rested:
"We really do. We really cut back early in the week. That's the key – those 48 hours right after the game. We got our legs back, got our minds back and we feel very good."
On James Wilder, Jr. (who had a concussion at Clemson):
"(James) Wilder is going to be out. He was close. He was very close. They really like it. That's why they reexamined him today and thought there might be a chance but just a little close and you can't risk those things."
On how different are concussions treated today:
"They are and they should be. It's a very dangerous thing … the knowledge we gain is that much better, makes it safer for these kids in the longevity of their lives and what's important and that's what we're here for."
On the rotation at running back without James Wilder, Jr.:
"Karlos (Williams) took a ton (of reps), Ryan Green took (reps) along with Devonta (Freeman) and (Chad) Abram and those guys and they did a great job. I thought they had a really good week."
On if the excitement of Bobby Bowden's return is going to be a distraction:
"You've got to block it out and coach the game and play the game. That's for the fans and Coach (Bowden) but there is no one who appreciates it any more than I do. There will be a lot of excitement right now for him and there always has been from my part. I love him; he's the greatest of all time. Very happy that he is getting acknowledged the way he should be."
On the continued bowl streak:
"We kind of put that on hold, but you don't ever take those things for granted. I am very proud that we have gotten there and it's another goal we had; it's always a goal. We have to keep knocking them off and keep climbing."