TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Although Jimbo Fisher is 27-9 since taking the reins at Florida State, he still hasn't won after a bye week.

The eighth-ranked Seminoles (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are 0-2 following a layoff in Fisher's first two seasons. They hope to snap that bit of ignominy Thursday night at Virginia Tech, which is in danger of its first losing season in more than two decades.

Last year the Seminoles were upset 35-30 at Wake Forest despite having two weeks to get ready for that game. In 2010 they were defeated at North Carolina State after a 12-day rest and then came home and were beat again by North Carolina.  In each case, the Seminoles were favorites to win and they're a two touchdown favorite over the Hokies (4-5, 2-3).