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College football scouting preview: Florida State Seminoles at North Carolina Tar Heels

Both the Seminoles (2-4, 0-3 ACC) and Tar Heels (4-2, 0-2) had hoped to be in the thick of the conference race. But Florida State is tied with North Carolina State for last in the Atlantic Division, and North Carolina is alone in last in the Coastal. The similarities end there. On the field, the two are mirror images. Led by LBs Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter, DT Marvin Austin, DE Robert Quinn and CB Charles Brown, the Tar Heels are first in the ACC (and third nationally) in total defense (237.7 yards per game) and first in the league (12th nationally) in scoring defense (14.2 points per game). But they're last in the league in total offense and scoring (282.2 yards and 22.5 points). The Seminoles, meanwhile, have one of the ACC's most potent offenses, racking up an average of 426 yards (first) and 29.8 points (sixth). But they have been porous on defense, allowing an average of 426.7 yards (last in the ACC) and 28.2 points (11th).

What to watch for …

In their four games against Division I-A competition, the Tar Heels have just three takeaways and have turned the ball over nine times. They're 2-2 in those games.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer



Florida State at North Carolina, 8 tonight, ESPN, 820-AM Weather: 67 degrees, 0 percent chance of rain Line: North Carolina by 21/2

College football scouting preview: Florida State Seminoles at North Carolina Tar Heels 10/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:46pm]
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