Oct. 8, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Despite playing host to what some have deemed the “Game of the Year” on Saturday, the fifth-ranked Florida State football team has to complete a week of practice just like it did before the last five games. Wednesday’s (October 8) 20-period practice was no different as the Seminoles prepared for their showdown with No. 2 Miami.
Working out in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts), Florida State went through individual position drills before going over the Miami scout teams. The Seminoles ended practice with a 7-on-7 pass skeleton before completing the day with an 11-on-11 redzone drill.
“We had a good day of practice and the receivers did a great job of catching the ball,” FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. “Tomorrow we will wrap things up and polish everything. We’ll make sure everyone knows where they are going and what their assignments are. I don’t think that Miami will change up anything on offense and they don’t have to because of their depth.”
Junior quarterback Chris Rix (Santa Margarita, Calif. / Catholic) completed a pair of touchdown passes during the two periods. The first was a 35-yard score to Willie Reed (Kathleen, Ga. / Warner Robbins) during the skeleton, followed by a 25-yard strike to Chris Davis (St. Petersburg, Fla. / Catholic) to complete the afternoon.
The Seminoles had a bye last week following their 56-7 victory over Duke on September 27. Since 1993, Florida State has an 11-6 record after a week off during the regular season. Four of those games have come against Miami with the two teams splitting the contests.
“I would think that if you have a lot of rhythm and things are going well that it might disturb things some, but I think it helped us more than anything,” Bowden said of the week off. “It allowed us to get some injured players some rest and it gave us another week to study what they’re doing.”
Saturday’s 12 p.m. meeting on ABC will be the 47th contest between the two schools. It marks the first time that both teams were ranked in the top five for the game since the 1993 season. It is the first time since 2000 that the Seminoles are undefeated going into the contest with the Hurricanes. In the last ten years, Florida State is 5-2 against Miami when going into the game undefeated.
Prior to the contest, ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast live from inside Doak Campbell Stadium. As with any home game, gates to the stadium open two hours prior to kickoff (10 a.m.) with the show going on the air at 10:30 a.m. (EST). Including Saturday’s game against Miami, the GameDay crew has appeared at 18 of Florida State’s games, ranking the Seminoles second behind Florida’s 19 appearances.