NO. 11 FLORIDA STATE AT N.C. STATE, 7:45
Despite the upset at Maryland a couple weeks ago, the Seminoles remain alive for the ACC's automatic Bowl Championship Series berth. In the event of a three-way tie for the league title, the Seminoles may have an all-important edge in the BCS standings. But first thing's first. They must win out, beginning tonight. If past performance is any indication, a win at Raleigh won't be easy. The Wolfpack defense is the league's best and second stingiest nationally (241.5 yards). The Seminoles are second in the ACC and seventh nationally in total defense (275.2 yards). FSU's offense has yet to score an offensive touchdown in the first half of its four previous road games (Miami, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Maryland), but QB Wyatt Sexton should benefit from the return of the ACC's top running back, Leon Washington (98.4 yards per game). He missed the past two weeks with a separated right shoulder. Receiver Craphonso Thorpe, who was suspended for last week's Duke game for academic reasons, also is back. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack's offense has struggled of late as first-year starting QB Jay Davis, the former Clearwater Central Catholic standout, has thrown eight INTs in narrow losses to Clemson and Georgia Tech.