After not playing since 2007, the Blue Devils and Seminoles meet for the second year in a row on Saturday as 6-2 Duke travels to 7-1 Florida State. The match up features two first place ACC teams, as Duke leads the Coastal Division and Florida State is the front-runner in the Atlantic. Ranking near the top of the league in almost every category in all three phases of the game, the ‘Noles will be a tough test for the bowl-bound Blue Devils.
To give us an inside look at the Seminoles and their 2012 season, BDN welcomes back Rich at ChantRant.
At N.C. State, the Noles played strong in the first half and led 16-0 at the break. Then the second half was their downfall. Coach Fisher caught a barrage of criticism for going conservative — playing not to lose — on offense. Meanwhile, the defense couldn’t adjust to the Wolfpack crossing routes, giving up the winning score with seconds on the clock.
Another factor is the physical. Will bodies that have been through eight straight weeks of pounding in games and practice (next week FSU finally has an open date) be up to the challenge of a Blue Devil team fighting to be in the ACC title game?
Unlike previous years, Nole fans know that without a strong effort — both in getting up for the game and playing at a high level — this one could slip away much like three weeks ago in Raleigh.