Jimbo Fisher believes FSU had a lack of focus against NC State, and that it has been a problem before.
Florida State is trying to avoid Saturday's loss to NC State to affect the rest of the season.
There was an air of familiarity to No. 3 Florida State's shocking 17-16 loss to NC State on Saturday, and that might be the most disappointing part of the defeat.
Florida State's EJ Manuel and NC State's Mike Glennon have known each other since their high school days in Virginia and they'll take their friendly rivalry to the field one more time Saturday.
Florida State took an emotional beating in the loss to Florida, and getting over the game mentally might be the biggest hurdle in the way of an ACC title.
The ghosts of Florida State's second-half collapse against NC State were present against Duke when Jimbo Fisher huddled his starters around him and demanded more even with the game in hand.
Florida State found itself in a familiar place -- struggling with penalties and a hostile environment, but used lessons learned in the NC State loss to survive in South Florida.
After struggling against NC State, the reinsertion of Menelik Watson into the lineup plus a few adjustments allowed Florida State's offense to thrive against Boston College.
Senior DE Bjoern Werner implored the defense to put the NC State loss in the rearview mirror, and he led by exampl against Bsoton College.
Jimbo Fisher is one of the few head coaches who calls all of his team's offensive plays. After FSU's loss to NC State, Fisher defended his juggling of those duties.
Chris Thompson and Bjoern Werner lead NoleNation's midseason awards.