Oct. 2, 2000
The Florida State Seminoles took over the top spot in
the AP poll following a 59-7 Thursday night win at Maryland. FSU is riding a 17-
game winning streak, the longest in the nation, and have not lost a regular sea-son
contest in 26 games (dating back to a loss at NC State in 1998).
The Seminoles also took over two more No. 1 rankings over the week-end
– total offense and passing offense. FSU is averaging 514.6 total yards per
game, with 350.8 of those coming through the air. Heisman Trophy candidate
Chris Weinke directs the nation’s top offense and is expected to play against
Miami after suffering a midfoot sprain against Maryland. In the win over the
Terps, Weinke played just one series in the second half and finished with 234
yards on 11-of-15 passing (three TDs). His favorite target is Miami native Marvin
Minnis, who ranks 14th nationally with 95.6 receiving yards per game. Weinke is
now 26-1 (.963) as FSU’s starter and is currently tied for third all-time with a
winning streak of 25 games. The senior ranks third nationally in passing effi-ciency
(166.1) and eighth in total offense (282.6).
The Seminole defense, which has scored in each of FSU’s last six games,
ranks third in the nation in rush defense (56.6 yards per game) and fifth in the
country in scoring defense (9.0 points per game). All-America candidate Jamal
Reynolds has constantly been in opposing backfields from his defensive end
post, pushing his ACC-leading sack total to 10 with a sack that led to a safety at
Maryland. Reynolds, who has also forced four fumbles on the year, is on pace to
break Peter Boulware’s single season FSU sack record of 19.