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College football scouting report: No. 16 Florida State at North Carolina State, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, ESPN, 820-AM

The winner in this Atlantic Division showdown can't lock up a trip to Charlotte, N.C., for the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 4, but it can start checking travel fares since it will be in control of its fate. The Seminoles (6-1, 4-0) have won the past three meetings, including a 45-42 shootout last year. This one could be just as wild. The Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1), led by QB Russell Wilson (170-of-294 for 2,124 yards and 18 touchdowns), is second in the league in scoring (36 points per game); the Seminoles are third (34.9). Wilson threw for 349 yards and a career-best five touchdowns in last season's loss. But Wilson, who set the NCAA mark with 379 consecutive passes without an interception (in 2008-09) then started this season by going 136 straight without a pick, has thrown nine in his past 158 attempts.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

Florida State at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN


Senior MLB Nate Irving, a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, leads N.C. State in tackles (46) and tackles for a loss (81/2). He missed all of last season after a car accident in June 2009. "He's probably exceeded our expectations, especially last year, thinking he would never play college football again," coach Tom O'Brien said.

College football scouting report: No. 16 Florida State at North Carolina State, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, ESPN, 820-AM 10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:56pm]
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