Seminoles closing in on title

The Seminoles need one win in their final two conference games to clinch
the Atlantic Division and a berth in the ACC's inaugural championship
game. FSU faces North Carolina State on Saturday, then closes its conference
schedule at Clemson on Nov. 12. 'Noles coach Bobby Bowden said his team needs to
take care of its business against the Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. "You
better get it done on your field," Bowden said. "You never know what's going to
happen on the other guy's field. There's more risk in our conference now than
there's ever been." FSU is down to three healthy cornerbacks after freshman
starter Tony Carter suffered a partially dislocated shoulder in the 35-27 win
against Maryland. Carter is listed as questionable for the NC State game. If Carter
can't play, senior Gerard Ross likely would start. After holding each of
their first four opponents to 17 or fewer points, the Seminoles have given up at
least 24 points in their last four games. Quarterback Wyatt Sexton, who left the
team after a bizarre summer incident and was diagnosed with Lyme disease, might be close to returning to practice. Bowden said this week that Sexton has sat
in on some team meetings recently. "I think everybody enjoyed having him back
out there, and I think everyone enjoyed seeing him out there," Bowden said. "What he's got to do is try to wean himself back in there."

Boston College
Boston College lost pretty much any chance of landing in the ACC championship
game in Jacksonville with its 30-10 loss to Virginia Tech. The Seminoles would
have to lose their last two conference games and BC would need to win its
remaining three. But coach Tom O'Brien said he isn't worried about his team
bogging down. "I haven't thought that would be the case. There's still so much for
us to accomplish this year. I'm sure there's disappointment that we're out of
the ACC race right now, but we know there are still bowl games to accomplish,
winning seasons and all those types of things." Linebacker/fullback Brian Toal has gotten a lot of attention this season for his contributions in BC's goal-line offense, but he's contributing plenty on defense, as well. Against
Virginia Tech, Toal tied for the team high with 11 tackles. He has run for six
touchdowns and nine first downs on 20 carries.

Coach Tommy Bowden hinted that quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, the school
record holder with 27 consecutive starts, might not start against Duke because
of soreness in his right arm. Whitehurst missed two practices last week
because of the problem and struggled during the 10-9 loss to Georgia Tech. He needed
to take cortisone shots to get through the Tech game. If Whitehurst doesn't
start, junior Will Proctor likely will replace him. Proctor, a former receiver,
has played in three games this season and thrown 10 passes. For the second
time this season, the Tigers held an opponent to 10 points and lost. The
secondary did a stellar job on Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, holding the standout
receiver to four catches for 47 yards. Last season, Johnson caught three
touchdowns against the Tigers. Freshman tailback James Davis played two snaps
against Tech, a little more than two weeks after fracturing his left wrist and undergoing
surgery. Davis carried once for a 1-yard gain while playing with a cast to
protect the injury. Clemson remains the only Division I-A team not to have lost a
fumble this season.