Pregame observations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher loves having a competitive advantage, and if that means having both Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel on the field for warm-ups, so be it. Both quarterbacks were out there throwing, and Ponder didn't seem to be hindered by his elbow, but there's no way to know right now how much pain he is in, if any. At one point during warm-ups, Manuel was taking snaps from starting center Ryan McMahon.

On Virginia Tech's side, the Hokies will use warm-ups to determine the status of cornerback Rashad Carmichael, who was listed as probable with an ankle injury on the injury report. He was in full uniform and out stretching with the team, which is progress from a week ago, when he didn't dress.

The cold here today won't help any injured player stay loose. Weather.com is calling for rain/snow (40 percent chance of precipitation) and 28 degrees tonight.