Florida State is coming off an emotional loss at Clemson. NC State has to take advantage of that and jump all over the Seminoles. The good news for the Wolfpack is they've been a fast-starting team all season.
NC State must come out and establish themselves offensively. Look for the Pack to try and hit some big plays early. They could also run some uptempo, something FSU struggled with last week at Clemson.
Whatever approach they take, it's imperative that the offense gets off to a fast start. The more pressure on Florida Stat the better for the Wolfpack.
NC State's offense has improved after the bye because they've been playing with a more aggressive mindset. It's led to extremely productive outings and that has to concern Florida State.
The Wolfpack has opened things up with Jacoby Brissett, allowing him to take multiple shots down the field... taking advantage of the vertical speed at the wide receiver positions. It helps the running game but also allows the Pack chances at creating huge scoring plays, something they've struggled with in the two early-season losses.
How was NC State able to win at Wake Forest? Big plays. What about at BC? Explosive plays. 41 points on Clemson? Huge plays.
To defeat Florida State, NC State won't be able to grind out drive after drive... the Wolfpack will need to generate explosive plays offensively.
Turnovers are the great equalizer and nothing will prevent a team from winning like fumbles and interceptions. NC State already has a small margin for error... they can't turn the ball over at FSU.
But, it's much more than that. They must play clean offensively. Few penalties... few negative plays... they need to stay in manageable down-distance situations while also taking care of the football.
Both of those areas have been strengths for the Wolfpack as they are one of the least-penalized teams in the ACC and have just seven turnovers, sixth-fewest in the country.
NC State will need to do a lot of things well if they are going to upset the Seminoles, and it all starts with limiting the mistakes offensively.