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#18 Florida State
|Date:||September 26th – 12:00pm||2-1, 0-1 ACC||3-0, 0-0 Big East|
|Location:||Tallahassee, FL | Directions|| Ranking: 18 AP, 25 USAT
|| Ranking: Not ranked
|Stadium:||Doak Campbell Stadium|| Last Game: 54-28 (W)
|| Last Game: 59-0 (W)
|Tickets:||On Sale | Seating Chart||HC: Bobby Bowden||HC: Jim Leavitt|
|TV:||ESPNU||Schedule & Results||Schedule & Results|
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Brimming with Confidence
Seminoles ready for Bulls’ challenge after strong week of preparation.
Sep. 24, 2009
On more than one occassion on the practice field, Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has been heard bellowing, “you play like you practice.”
Collectively, the 18th-ranked Seminoles (2-1) hope that’s exactly the case when they take the field Saturday at high noon against USF (3-0) in the first meeting between the in-state schools.
The Seminoles will break out their all-white uniforms at home for the first time against the Bulls, in a game many will use as a measuring stick. Coming off an offensively-impressive 54-28 rout of No. 7 Brigham Young on the road, Bobby Bowden’s team wants to prove that it has everything necessary to stay among the nation’s ranked teams, and a win would certainly affirm that notion.
“We’re excited about every game, but coming off a big win like we just did, we have a chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke; that we are the real deal,” said senior tight end Caz Piurowski, who grew up not far from the USF campus. “We had a real good practice (Thursday). We came out and started off real strong. What’s been so good about it is that anytime we started faltering, someone was there to step it up.”
There is ample respect among Seminoles for the USF program, which played into the heightened intensity throughout practice this week.
“We know USF has a good team and we have to be prepared,” freshman defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel said.
“The response this past week has just been incredible,” senior receiver Rod Owens said of the preparation. “The tempo has been there. Everybody’s tuned in and focused. There’s no horseplaying. Everybody’s locked in and grasping everything the coaches have had to say.
“The coaches haven’t really been coaching effort. Everybody’s been on task. … We’re correcting mistakes and doing everything we have to do on Saturday.”
It’s About Us
Though there is healthy respect for USF, FSU is focusing on its own play.
Sep. 23, 2009
Bobby Bowden described Wednesday’s football practice as “frisky.”
Hopefully that’s a good sign that his 18th-ranked Florida State football team will be ready for Saturday’s 12 noon kickoff against USF.
The Seminoles moved briskly through a 20-period practice session in shells – shoulder pads and helmets – on the first official day of fall. If there was any left-over lethargy following Saturday’s win at No. 7 BYU, it wasn’t easily discernible.
“We worked them hard,” said Bowden. “That’s the biggest thing.”
There is an ample amount of respect from Jim Leavitt’s untested, but unbeaten (3-0) Bulls. There is too much at stake against USF, but more importantly, much to gain from another strong performance on the heels of the BYU road rout.
“I don’t think there will be an underestimation,” Bowden said. “I’m not as concerned about them as I am us. We just want our kids to set a level of play and go that way every Saturday, no matter who we face.”
Consistency of performance – something missing from the FSU program in recent seasons – is the next step in the Seminoles’ progression. Not since the start of the 2005 season has one of Bowden’s teams strung together a five-game winning streak. A victory over USF would be Florida State’s third in a row; the kind of momentum it is looking for heading into a stretch of seven consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference games.
“Our coaches drove them pretty good (Tuesday) and they responded,” Bowden added. “Sometimes you have to prod them early and they get the message.”
Last week’s game left the Seminoles battle-worn, and they won’t likely be at full strength by the time the Bulls roll into town for a game that has a load of distractions on the periphery. Starting defensive tackle Moses McCray (elbow) has yet to practice this week, while quarterback Christian Ponder continues to feel the effects of his 11-carry rushing performance against the Cougars.
Neverthless, the first sellout of the season, on a day when the 1999 National Championship team will be honored and FSU fans will be dressed in White Out attire, should provide the kind of atmosphere conducive to sustaining momentum.
Seminoles Focused On Avoiding Letdown
After a big-time win over a top-10 opponent on Saturday, FSU football team working hard this week to build off its success as showdown with USF looms in just a few days.
Sept. 22, 2009
As he exited the practice fields Tuesday afternoon following a 22-period session in full pads, Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden didn’t hesitate to explain what his football team is focusing on this week.
After dismantling No. 7 BYU last weekend in Provo, Utah and consequent return to the top 25 in the national rankings, Bowden knows exactly what is on the minds of FSU fans everywhere. The win over the Cougars was a huge step forward but this Saturday the Seminoles must avoid taking a few steps back when a talented USF team comes to town.
“They did a good job of driving them,” Bowden said about his assistant coaches, “because after a game like that there’s always a chance of a letdown. That’s what we cannot afford; we are not good enough for a letdown. But the coaches drove them pretty dadgum hard on a very hot day.”
The Seminoles were very impressive against BYU but the coaches and players know there is always room for improvement — and that means correcting mistakes at practice.
At the heart of that logic is an FSU defense that is still battling the learning curve.
“If we could just eliminate errors we would be so much better,” Bowden said. “We have come down each week on errors and we still need to get them down in the single-digit category and we will be OK. You take that game the other night. All those short passes they caught didn’t do a bit of good. They fumbled the ball. But then one cheap touchdown.
“We can’t give those kind of things up.”
While the defense continues to work out the kinks, the offense continues to impress. Quarterback Christian Ponder was terrific against BYU and the receivers made plays when they were called upon.
USF Press Conference Highlights
September 22nd, 2009
With the USF Bulls making their first trip to Tallahassee this weekend, we want to get you acquainted with some of their personnel. We have included interviews with Head Coach Jim Leavitt, defensive end George Selvie and Tallahassee’s own quarterback B.J. Daniels.
Crossed The Line
Newly-ranked ‘Noles ready for run at Bulls
Sept. 22, 2009
Fresh off a dramatic and record-tying victory, Florida State returned to the practice field Monday night as the nation’s No. 18 in the Associated Press poll. The Seminoles used Saturday’s 54-28 rout at No. 7 Brigham Young to return to the polls since falling out after a season-opening loss to Miami.
For the first time in quite a while, all three state schools – No. 1 Florida, No. 9 Miami and FSU – are back in the polls simultaneously.
“Isn’t that something,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. “I had thought about that. It used to be all of the time. You just got one game where you really performed the way you want to perform and now we’ve got to do it every doggone Saturday and we’ve got to get these kids believing that we’ve got to do that every Saturday. We can’t just now drop back down.”
In order to do that, the Seminoles must first tackle a USF team that has spent plenty of time in the polls in recent seasons, and is currently receiving votes. The Bulls (3-0) are untested to this point in the season and will be without starting quarterback Matt Grothe for Saturday’s 12 noon game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Grothe suffered a season-ending knee injury last week and will be replaced by Tallahassee native and former Lincoln High star B.J. Daniels, who drew rave reviews from FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher for his athleticism.
While FSU got its first look at USF on Monday via some scout team work, they will begin preparing in earnest Tuesday.
Monday, however, was still a time to reflect on one of the program’s biggest victories in recent years.
FSU vs. BYU Six-day Optioned
Sept. 21, 2009
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that ESPN/ABC has declared a six-day option for the Florida State at Boston College game on October 4th. ESPN/ABC will announce the start times and TV networks for the game no later than 12 noon on Sunday, September 27.
Florida State at Boston College, ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC at either 12 noon or 3:30 pm.
Watch The Monday Football Press Conference On All-Access
Mickey Andrews, Jimbo Fisher and Christian Ponder recap the BYU game and preview USF.
Sept. 21, 2009
Join Mickey Andrews, Jimbo Fisher and Christian Ponder today at 1:30pm as they talk with the Florida State media about their preparations for the USF game. You can watch the press conference for no charge as it airs live on Seminoles.com All-Access.