"We moved practice up an hour with school being out today," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "We went 11 periods with pads and then took them after 11 and worked out in shorts. Tomorrow we'll go out in shorts again because it's getting to be that time of the year. You would rather have them fresh than overworked."
The NC State game is Homecoming for the Seminoles and the final home game for the FSU seniors. Bowden is 26-1 at Florida State in Homecoming games with the lone defeat coming to NC State in 2001 (34-28).
Senior quarterback Philip Rivers leads a Wolfpack passing offense that leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 332.3 yards per game through the air. Rivers is first in the ACC in pass efficiency (11th in NCAA) with a rating of 160.6. He is completing 70.8% of his passes this season. Rivers will face a Seminole defense that leads the ACC and is 10th in the country in pass efficiency defense (99.6).
"They can control the clock with their passer," said Bowden. "There are some quarterbacks that have trouble getting it to the right guy, but Rivers doesn't. Then they've got a dangerous runner (T.A. McClendon) you also have to worry about."
Saturday's game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised regionally on ABC.