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College football preview: Florida State Seminoles vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack

The Seminoles (3-4, 1-3 ACC) look to win back-to-back games, even their overall record and stay alive in the conference's Atlantic Division race. They're also looking to win a home game against a Division I-A opponent; they've lost five straight at Doak Campbell Stadium against that level of competition (Boston College, Florida, Miami, USF and Georgia Tech) dating to last season. The Wolfpack (3-4, 0-3) should be fresh after a bye week and looks to snap a three-game skid. Sophomore QB Russell Wilson said the break was a time for "rallying" the players for a "new start." Wilson, last year's first-team All-ACC quarterback, has thrown for 1,659 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 249 yards for an average of 272.6 total yards a game. He ran for a career-high 91 yards and threw for 322 more in a 38-31 win against Pittsburgh, now 7-1 and ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll.

WHAT to Watch for

Although the 'Noles have won two in a row against N.C. State and own a 20-9 all-time series lead, the teams have split the past eight games, each of those decided by 10 points or fewer.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

Florida State vs. North Carolina State, noon , Ch. 44, 1040-AM

College football preview: Florida State Seminoles vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack 10/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 9:00pm]
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