Nov 3, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Third-ranked Florida State began preparations for this Saturday’s game at No. 5 North Carolina with a one-hour workout without pads on Monday night at Ed Williamson Practice Fields. The Seminoles worked on special teams play and also worked against its offensive and defensive scout units.
“There is no question about what kind of team North Carolina has,” said Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. “They have all the ingredients of an outstanding team.”
The meeting between the Tar Heels and Seminoles will mark the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference history that two teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 5 have met. It also matches two of the nation’s top five defenses, according to this week’s NCAA statistics. North Carolina ranks second in total defense while Florida State ranks fourth.
“Both teams have great athletes on the defensive side that can really run,” said Bowden. “That is what makes each defense so good.”
All of Florida State’s injuries from Saturday’s win over North Carolina State were minor and no Seminole player missed practice due to injury.
“All of our boys look like they will be able to play at this point,” said Bowden. “I hope we can stay healthy the rest of the week.”
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.