TALLAHASSEE -- Even though their bitter in-state rivals are surging through the conference  right now, the Florida State Seminoles believe they are just like everyone else in the ACC. They're right in the mix; they're still in the hunt.

The ACC schedule is barely three weeks old, but already, parity has come to define the always contentious conference.

Four teams entered this week's action boasting 2-2 records in league games. Another three of the 12 brought 2-3 marks into the week. Only Miami was undefeated. Wednesday night in Coral Gables against the No. 1 team in the country, Duke, that trend continued.

With a 90-63 win, the Hurricanes remained atop the ACC standings with a 5-0 record. Their visitors this Sunday evening, the Seminoles, are part of that two-win logjam. Thursday night, when FSU (10-7, 2-2) hosts Clemson (12-5, 2-3), it will try to turn the corner of inconsistency by beginning a run that it hopes will later include finally putting an 'L' on the Hurricanes' ledger.

Even though the year has been far from perfect and has been filled with its share of unforeseen injuries, the Seminoles still don't believe they are in panic mode. With 13 games left before the conference tournament begins, they believe they have time before fear and worry settle into their psyche.

Don't get them wrong, though. The time to start winning is still now.

"It's not a state of emergency right now for us," junior guard Ian Miller said. "We've just got to brace ourselves and prepare ourselves to make this run. That's pretty much what we have to do. There's not really any other choice in order to get where we want to go. We have to make a run."

Senior guard Michael Snaer said he believed the Seminoles possessed the ability to go on multiple five- or six-game winning streaks. At this point, that's what they need in order to right the ship and head into the ACC tournament with momentum.

"It's a mentality thing for us," Snaer said. "We've just got to have everybody on the same page right now. We're not on the same page, and we've got to correct that before the next game."

How does the team do that?

"We've just got to talk about, make sure everybody knows what we need to do as a team and what we need to do individually in order to reach our goal, and our goal has to be the same," Snaer said. "I don't know if everybody's goal right now is the same."

(Read more on the Seminoles' frustrations of being on different pages in the Orlando Sentinel's game preview story here)

When asked if he recalled a year in his own playing career in which it felt like little went his team's way, Miller's mind immediately went back to last January.

"Last year, I think it was worse," he said. "We had so many upperclassmen who were trying to focus on their future and everything like that. ... Last year, we didn't start destroying teams until we found out our roles and everybody accepted their roles. Everybody on this team knows their roles, they just haven't accepted it. So once we accept our roles, we'll be fine."

State of emergency or not, the Seminoles know the time to start understanding how to play together is drawing nigh. 

Even though panic hasn't set in, a more serious tone has seeped into the mostly young locker room, Miller said. Personally, following Saturday's 20-point loss at Virginia, he began realizing he has to step up, speak up and start holding his teammates more accountable.

"I haven't really been doing that this season," the junior said. "I've been trying to help groom people and help get them along with the process of coming into the school, but now it's sort of like time to take over, really. It's time to make this thing work, force it to work."

His motivation? The record books.

"I'm not trying to be one of the worst teams in the history of the school," Miller said. "I don't want my name to be part of that, so I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win."

(For the record, the two worst teams in school history were the 1947-48 and 1951-52 Seminoles. The teams went 5-11 and 5-20, respectively. Only six times in school history has a team had single-digit wins. This year's group already has 10)