ACC desperately needs FSU to win

My colleague Mark Schlabach succinctly summed up just how important Florida State's game against Oklahoma is, not only to the Seminoles' program, but to the entire ACC.

A few forgettable numbers for you, courtesy of Schlabach:

  • Since Florida State beat Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl, ACC teams are 6-47 against nonconference teams ranked in the top 10.

  • During that span, the conference is 1-32 against top five teams.

  • The ACC has lost 10 straight to top five teams, and 13 of the past 14 against top 10 opponents.

The numbers speak for themselves. It should come as no surprise, though, that those within Florida State's program aren't concerned about them, or the hype surrounding this game.

"The hype, you've got to be careful of," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We've got to go play the game. We can't concern ourselves with hype, we have to concern ourselves with the now, preparing, playing. ... What you have to do is embrace the moment, prepare for the moment, and have fun."