December 3, 2004 - by
IF THIS WAS NEXT YEAR, THIS WOULD BE A GREAT WEEKEND

Dec. 3, 2004

By Rob Wilson –

Fast forward to next season to put into context what this season’s potential ACC Co-Championship means to the Seminoles. Of course Boston College did not play in the ACC this year, but they lost to Wake Forest 17-14 in Winston-Salem in late September in their only game against a league foe this year. The Eagles will be in the Atlantic Division with FSU in 2005, and projecting the divisional races out shows that Florida State fans would be sitting back this week watching the Miami-Virginia Tech game to determine who we would play for the ACC Championship in Alltel Stadium next week.


The league standings would be as follows going into the weekend:


Atlantic Coastal
Florida State 8-3, 6-2 Virginia Tech 9-2, 6-1
Boston College 8-3, 0-1 Miami 8-2, 5-2
Clemson 6-5, 4-4 Virginia 8-3, 5-3
Maryland 5-6, 3-5 North Carolina 6-5, 5-3
NC State 5-6, 3-5 Georgia Tech 6-5, 4-4
Wake Forest 4-7, 1-7 Duke 2-9, 1-7


So, FSU fans would be watching Miami and Virginia Tech playing for the Coastal Division championship with a chance to become ACC Champions and a berth in a BCS bowl perhaps just eight days away.


BOWL TICKET SALES HAVE BEEN STRONG
Florida State fans have already snapped up over 7,500 tickets to the Gator Bowl game and sales remained brisk through the last few days of the week. FSU fans can get their tickets at Seminoles.com or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Buying tickets through the FSU allotment is important for a couple of reasons. First is the fact that each school is obligated to buy 12,500 tickets to the game. If FSU does not sell all of them, then we are on the hook for the remainder with some assistance from the ACC office if needed. The other and perhaps even more important reason is continuing to show the strong history of fan following at bowl games. FSU fans bought all 15,000 tickets to last year’s Orange Bowl game against Miami. We sold out of tickets to the 2003 (2002 season) Sugar Bowl against Georgia, the 2001 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma and the 2000 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech. So, Florida State has sold out of their bowl allotment four of the last five years. Projecting even further back, FSU fans have bought all the tickets allotted for eight of their last 12 bowl games.


WOW, WOW AND WOW
Florida State athletics director Dave Hart is always quick to encourage people not to get too distraught over slow starts in basketball and not too elated over fast ones, but everyone around here is hard pressed not to cheer about the women’s basketball team’s 5-0 start. Frankly, there was not a lot of optimism for the women’s team based on the death of a player in the summer and the unexpected absence of a couple more keys players. But FSU’s five-guard offense, born out of necessity, has proved nearly impossible for other teams to contend with including the Gators, who the Seminoles defeated in Gainesville breaking UF’s 16-game win streak. The Lady Seminoles are off to their best start in 22 years.
The contribution of new Associate Head Coach Cori Close can’t be ignored as she brought a different scheme from UC Santa Barbara with her.


CAP, GOWN AND HELMET
12 members of the football team will don cap and gown next Saturday and march in fall graduation and one, former All-American cornerback Clifton Abraham, came back to get his degree this semester. The Seminole seniors who will be graduates at the bowl game are:


Alex Barron, offensive tackle
David Castillo, center
Chauncey Davis, defensive end
Travis Johnson, defensive tackle
Bryant McFadden, cornerback
Bobby Meeks, offensive guard
Claudius Osei, safety
Chris Rix, quarterback
Leroy Smith, cornerback
Chauncey Stovall, wide receiver
B.J. Ward, safety
Ray Willis, offensive tackle

Also, seven more football Seminoles are expected to graduate this spring.


BARRON AND JOHNSON ARE SPORTING NEWS FAVORITES
A pair of Seminole football players is projected to be the first players taken in the upcoming NFL draft. Offensive tackle Alex Barron, who has a very real chance to becoming a two-time consensus All-America, is projected as high as a Top Five draft pick. Defensive tackle Travis Johnson is listed by Mel Kiper in the magazine as being the top interior defensive linemen.
Speaking of the draft, the same publication took a look at last year’s draft in terms of this year’s rookies and staged a mock re-draft. The guy making the biggest jump was former Seminole linebacker Michael Boulware who has started almost every game for the Seattle Seahawks.


LPGA STAR COLLEEN WALKER FEATURED IN SOUTHERN LIVING
Former FSU and current LPGA star Colleen Walker was featured in a recent issue of Southern Living as a cancer survivor. Walker has been as source of inspiration on the professional golf tour not only for her outstanding play, but also her attitude and courage.
Walker was one of a number of former Seminole golfers who played in the Seminole Pro-Am held the Friday before the Florida game on the newly re-designed Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. By the way, the greens are now the fastest in Tallahassee and it’s the toughest tee time to get in the city.

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