Oct. 30, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (7-1, 6-0 ACC) conducted their final practice in preparation for Saturday’s contest at Notre Dame (2-5) with a 15 period practice in shorts Thursday afternoon. After period one was completed, the offense and scout team moved into Doak Campbell Stadium for the remainder of the practice where crowd noise was filtered in while the defense remained on the practice fields. Notre Dame Stadium’s capacity is listed at 80,795.
“We’ve done just about everything we can do,” FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said following Thursday’s practice. “We’re in pretty good shape. Looks like (Kendyll) Pope might be the only one that can’t play. Now it’s just go up there and try to execute. Like I told the kids before the Miami game, turnovers and kicking game, that’s usually what happens in a game like this.”
Saturday’s game, which will be televised nationally on NBC at 2:30 p.m., will be the sixth meeting between the Seminoles and the Fighting Irish. Florida State is 3-2 all time vs. Notre Dame, including a 1-1 mark in South Bend. Last year, Notre Dame topped Florida State in Tallahassee by a score of 34-24.
“There’s not a whole lot of difference between this (Notre Dame) defensive line and Miami’s,” offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said. “If anything, their ends are bigger than Miami’s, maybe not quite as fast, but they are very good. I just think they are a rock-solid defense.”
Florida State is listing senior Kendyll Pope out for the game. Sophomore linebacker A.J. Nicholson will once again make the start in his place. Senior noseguard Jeff Womble and senior cornerback Stanford Samuels are both listed probable for Saturday’s game.