FSU Now Turns Focus Towards Duke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 1-ranked Florida State football team will be seeking its conference-record-tying 14th ACC Championship at 8 p.m. on Saturday in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

The Seminoles (12-0, 8-0 in the ACC) will take on No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2) in the ACC Championship Game which will air live on ABC.

FSU is seeking its second straight ACC Championship Game victory and third overall. The Noles defeated Georgia Tech, 21-15, last season in Charlotte, and also won the inaugural ACC Championship Game, 27-22, over Virginia Tech in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2005.

Overall, FSU has won 13 ACC Championships since joining the league in 1992.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said the Seminoles had a great week of practice and remain focused on capturing the ACC Championship – a goal the team has had all season long.

“The guys are getting very excited going up and playing in this game and we’re looking forward to it,” Fisher said. “That’s one of our main goals every year is to get back to Charlotte and take advantage of the opportunity. We’ve practiced well, prepared well and hopefully we carry it to the game field like we have all year and play well on Saturday. I’m looking forward to the opportunity. Duke has played well all year.”

Jimbo Fisher Post Practice Quotes – Dec. 5, 2013

Opening Statement:
“I’m very happy with today’s practice. I thought the guys had a normal Thursday practice. I thought we did very well and were very focused. I thought we practiced well yesterday, practiced very good Tuesday and good today. I’m proud of their preparation and I think that we are relatively healthy for this time of the season, which I’m happy about.”

On if he’s worried about the cold and rainy weather forecast in Charlotte:
“No, I don’t because we practice wet ball all the time. That’s just a mindset – you have to go play and it’s like that every year we play up there. It was like that way three years ago when we played Virginia Tech and we played pretty well. It was cool last year too, it wasn’t warm at all either and it’s just that time of year.”

Statement from Florida State Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher regarding quarterback Jameis Winston:
“As you might imagine, I was pleased to hear that the State Attorney’s Office exonerated Jameis in the matter. I’m not going to answer any questions about the situation, but I would like to point out that our community and our university are blessed to have really good people in place to review matters like this. I know Jameis is pleased he can focus on being a student at a great university and he’s excited about helping our team achieve its goals this year. Right now, we’re all looking forward to what we have in front of us on Saturday.”

Statement from Quarterback Jameis Winston Issued Earlier:
“I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for standing by me during a difficult time. I also want to thank the State Attorney’s Office for examining all of the facts and reaching a decision in a conclusive manner. It’s been difficult to stay silent through this process, but I never lost faith in the truth and in who I am. I’m very relieved I’ll be able to continue my education at Florida State and I’m excited I can now get back to helping our team achieve its goals.”

Source: FSU Media