TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jimbo Fisher goes after his first Atlantic Coast Conference championship Saturday when 13th-ranked Florida State takes on unranked Georgia Tech.
Both teams will need to shake off disappointing losses to state rivals.
The Seminoles (10-2, 7-1 ACC) opened the week as a two-touchdown favorite against the Yellow Jacket team (6-6, 5-3), who were shellacked by archrival Georgia 42-10 last weekend. Florida State was beaten 37-26 by fifth-ranked Florida.
Fisher, who is 29-10 in his three seasons at Florida State, led the Seminoles to the 2010 ACC title game where they lost to Virginia Tech.
A win in Fisher's second try this weekend would net the 47-year-old coach his first ACC title and BCS bowl berth. The winner of Saturday's ACC title game advances to the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day, possibly against the Big East champion.
"We still have a great opportunity to do some things," Fisher said Monday. "We can win a conference championship."
And it's been in games where the Seminoles are double-digit favorites that have dogged Fisher during Florida State tenure.
Both of Florida State's losses this season resulted from blowing leads in the second half, a 16-point advantage at North Carolina State and a touchdown lead, 20-13, Saturday against archrival Florida.
Georgia Tech also has a two-game winning streak against Florida State.