The two teams are being scouted as potential representatives in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
The ACC and SEC team selections for the 43rd edition of the Bowl will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 5. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the oldest guaranteed ACC vs. SEC match-up in the bowl business and currently hosts the first selection in the ACC after the BCS.
Currently ranked No. 16 in both the BCS and the AP poll, Florida State (6-1, 4-0 ACC) is riding a five-game winning streak that has included four ACC victories and the Seminoles outscoring their opponents 168-60. With a bowl week last weekend, the Seminoles became bowl-eligible two weekends ago with a win over Boston College. Quarterback Christian Ponder, who ranks fourth in the ACC in pass efficiency, has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 1,187 yards this season. Florida State is under the direction of first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher, who is the second coach in program history to get the Seminoles bowl eligible in his first season. The Seminoles have only played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl twice, with their last appearance coming in 1983.
NC State (5-2, 2-1 ACC) could become bowl eligible on Thursday night with a win over the Seminoles. The Wolfpack currently tied with Maryland for second in the ACC Atlantic Division, behind Florida State. Also coming off a bye week, NC State suffered a 33-27 overtime loss at East Carolina in its last game. However, the Wolfpack have a key offensive weapon in quarterback Russell Wilson, who is currently ranked fourth nationally in total offense with 332.0 yards per game. Wilson also leads the ACC in passing yards per game, touchdown passes and rushing touchdowns. NC State is one of two teams to make seven Chick-fil-A Bowl appearances – the highest number of appearances made by a team. The Wolfpack last Chick-fil-A Bowl game was a win in 1994.
Florida State leads the all-series 21-9. The Seminoles have won their last three games against the Wolfpack, including a 45-42 win last season in Tallahassee. Thursday's game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.