Oct. 10, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (5-1, 4-0 ACC) conducted their final practice on Thursday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s showdown at No. 1 Miami (5-0, 2-0 BIG EAST). The Seminoles practiced 15 periods in shorts. The offense worked out in the stadium with crowd noise while the defense remained on the practice fields.
“Both teams will be seeking to execute and both teams will be seeking to disrupt the other team’s execution,” head coach Bobby Bowden said. “Whoever does the best will win the game.”
Although Bowden expects a loud crowd at Miami, it’s not a big concern for him.
“The thing I can remember is that our band would be playing and they (the crowd) would drown out our band,” Bowden said. “That’s why we worked in the stadium today under crowd noise.
“We’ve been down there so many times. It’s not like the first time we’re going down there. When we play Miami, we may have 25,000 people there. We’ve got so many alumni and boosters in Miami. That’s always been a big heavy Florida State crowd. If our band goes down too, that helps.”
The Seminoles will depart Tallahassee on Friday at approximately 1 p.m. and will not conduct a walk thru at the Orange Bowl.
Saturday’s game (Noon, ABC) will be the 46th all-time meeting between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes with UM holding a 25-20 advantage. FSU had won five straight from 1995-99 before Miami took the last two.