No. 22 Florida State hopes to build on team chemistry at NC State – Orlando Sentinel
Jimbo Fisher’s demeanor to begin the week was distinctly different than previous losses Florida State has endured this season.
The Seminoles are far from accepting moral victories, but have a sense of renewed energy after trading blows in a home loss to Clemson last week.
Fisher said his players played with “a tremendous amount of heart and soul and guts” in the defeat. Now, No. 22 Florida State (5-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) hopes to avoid its fourth loss of the season while becoming bowl-eligible at NC State (4-4, 1-3) in Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
“I walked off that field disappointed because I thought we could have won the football game, but not disappointed in them as people or their effort or their commitment to winning and the things they do,” Fisher said of his team.
“We want to make a couple more plays at key moments and do some things, and we’ve got to coach them better and help them get to there. But I’m going to tell you what, the want to and ability is there. I like this team, and I like it going forward. I really do.”
Fisher’s upbeat attitude rubbed off on his players during their Monday team meeting earlier this week, star running back Dalvin Cook and senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker said.
After FSU’s loss at Louisville in September, there was immediate shock from the magnitude of how the Seminoles were blown out, effectively ending their hopes of reaching the conference championship and College Football Playoff.
Then, Fisher and his players vowed there was no separation between the offense and defense after the Seminoles surrendered a 1-point lead with 23 seconds left to North Carolina in October for the second loss of the season.
FSU took a