NC State vs. Florida State Game Preview

The ACC Championship could be on the line in Tallahassee, with the NC State Wolfpack traveling to the "Sunshine State" for a battle with the Florida State Seminoles. In a game critical for both teams, here's a preview from StateFans.

The Game: NC State (7-3, 4-2 ACC) vs. #13 Florida State (8-2, 6-1 ACC) November 15th @ 3:30 PM

Location: Tallahassee, Florida Doak Campbell Stadium (82,000)

Saturday's Forecast:

TV/Radio Coverage: The Game is regionally televised on ABC Sports. It's being broadcast locally via the radio on the Wolfpack Radio Sports Network.

Vegas Line: Florida State -14 O/U: 54

Game Coverage

- Lail: Time to 'Finish'
- Slowing Rivers
- Bobby's Corner
- Haynes: Bowden - Amato Relationship Unshakeable
- Weekly ACC Teleconference
- ACC Football Preview

Injury Updates

NC State

WR Richard Washington - Ribs

OT Chris Colmer - Parsonage Turner Syndrome
WR Sterling Hicks - Torn ACL (surgery, 10/9)
DE Renaldo Moses - Torn ACL, MCL; surgery in three weeks
OG Ashley Wingate – Broken Leg

Florida State

NT Jeff Womble - Triceps

QUESTIONABLEBR> LB Michael Boulware - Ankle
LB Allen Augustin - Ankle

FB B.J. Dean - Knee

Team Leaders

NC State

Passing – Philip Rivers (3318 yards 72% 25 TD 6 Int)
Rushing – T.A. McLendon (420 yards 5.2 avg 5 TD)
Receiving – Jerricho Cotchery (57 rec 961 yards 7 TD) Tramain Hall (52 rec 563 yards 5 TD)
Defense – Andre Maddox (114 tackles 6 TFL 2 sacks) Pat Thomas (101 tackles 10 TFL 6 sacks) Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (74 tackles 8.5 TFL 2 sacks)
Kicking – Austin Herbert (10-12 FG 42-44 XP)

Florida State

Passing – Chris Rix (2572 yards 58% 16 TD 11 Int)
Rushing – Greg Jones (457 yards 4.1 avg 6 TD)
Receiving – Craphonso Thorpe (46 rec 918 yards 9 TD) P.K. Sam (41 rec 580 yards 3 TD)
Defense – Michael Boulware (84 tackles 3 TFL 2 Sacks) Darnell Dockett (43 tackles 14 TFL 2 sacks)
Kicking – Xavier Beitia(15-19 FG 38-39 XP)

Notable Team Statistics

NC State – First in Scoring Offense in the ACC, averaging 36.5 PPG.
Florida State – First in Scoring Defense in the ACC, allowing only 12.3 PPG.

Florida State - First in the ACC in Pass Efficiency Defense, with a 97.2 efficiency rating.
NC State - First in the ACC in Pass Efficiency Offense, with a 166.5 efficiency rating.

Two Key Match-ups To Watch

When NC State has the ball…
OGsLeroy Harris/Sean Locklear vs. DT Darnell Dockett

Dockett, who some consider the best defensive tackle in the ACC, has made a career out of getting tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The NC State interior offensive lineman must keep Dockett and his teammates out of the backfield or it could be a long day for the Wolfpack offense. If the guards, along with Center Jed Paulsen, can neutralize Dockett it could allow RB T.A. McLendon to have a huge day.

When Florida State has the ball…
RB Greg Jones vs. S Andre Maddox

After a poor showing through the air last week against Clemson, expect Florida State to try and establish RB Greg Jones early. The Wolfpack, who rank first in the ACC in rush defense, must stop Jones, Lorenzo Booker, and Leon Washington to have a chance. Look for Rover/SS Andre Maddox to be the 8th man in the box, stuffing the running game, and making erratic QB Chris Rix beat NC State with his arm.

Keep Your Eye On

NC State RB T.A. McLendon – He's back! The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year returned fully healthy against Virginia and proved valuable on the ground and in the air. With #44 on the field NC State's a different team, and if McLendon's still standing at the end against FSU, it could mean the Wolfpack's had a successful day.

Florida State QB Chris Rix - Rix was awful last week against Clemson, getting yanked late in the second half for back-up Fabian Walker. To be NC State Rix must be on top of his game, or FSU could lose three in a row to Wolfpack Coach Chuck Amato's squad.

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