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Five storylines: FSU vs. Virginia Tech

11/6/2012

Three months ago, Thursday night's showdown at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., figured to be the marquee game of the year for Florida State. While the Seminoles have largely held up their end of the bargain, however, Virginia Tech's season has quickly devolved into a train wreck.

Still, there's plenty on the line for both teams Thursday as the Hokies try to salvage some respect and Jimbo Fisher's crew closes in on an ACC championship game berth.

So as we get set for the penultimate conference game of the season for FSU, here are five key storylines to watch.

1. Can FSU create some Doak Campbell magic on the road?

At home, Florida State has been utterly dominant, averaging better than 50 points a game and winning all six contests handily. On the road, however, it's been a slightly different story. It's not that FSU has been awful, but the Seminoles haven't shown that same attention to detail. Slow starts at USF and Miami led to unnecessarily close finishes, and a dismal second half at NC State cost FSU a game. The biggest key could be cashing in on opportunities. FSU scores touchdowns in the red zone 78 percent of the time at home (11th-best in the nation) but just 43 percent of the time on the road (97th nationally).