Florida State has spent the last week preparing for poor weather at Wake Forest due to the possibility of hurricane Joaquin moving up the Atlantic coast. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has had the team working with wet balls all week long to simulate some of the conditions.
"We've worked with wet balls," Fisher said. "We have plans to throw them. Dry them. All that good stuff."
In order to combat some of the issues that come with the rain, Florida State will take more balls with them to Winston Salem.
"We'll take 30-40 balls," Fisher said. "We'll have a ball dryer, ball machines over there. Try to keep them under tents. Try to rotate them and keep a great rotation. They've got that down pretty good."
For the team, Fisher says that they can't let the weather take away their focus.
"It’s a matter of concentration and focus. The weather is what you let it be. If you don’t let it be something, it won’t be anything. If you let it be something, it is. Either way, you’re going to get wet, so you might as well play well.”
Wake plays on athletic turf instead of regular grass, and that will help players maintain a good footing.
“On turf it’s a little different because your footing is different," Fisher said. "I always liked playing on days [with rain]. Usually you could throw the ball because you could secure your footing and know where you were going. I always felt good about those things as an offensive player.”
The Seminoles have played on poor field conditions due to weather twice already this season and are 2-0 in those games.