Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson's triple option (averaging 406.6 yards per game and 30 points) is difficult to stop for the staunchest of defenses, especially with just one week of preparation (Miami did it but had 10 days). Junior RB Jonathan Dwyer and junior QB Josh Nesbitt are third and fifth, respectively, in the ACC in rushing. Dwyer has 409 yards and averages 6.3 yards a carry; Nesbitt has gained 363 yards. Johnson said the firestorm that has surrounded FSU coach Bobby Bowden this week will have the struggling Seminoles (2-3, 0-2 ACC) "circling the wagons" and extramotivated to produce "their best effort of the year." For what it's worth, Tech (4-1, 2-1) never has won in Tallahassee (0-6), losing its most recent meeting there in 2003 in dramatic fashion: FSU rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull out a 14-13 win.
WHAT TO WATCH for ...:
WR Demaryius Thomas, who has 24 of Georgia Tech's 35 receptions, is 15th nationally in receiving yards per game (107.2). He's fast, big (6 feet 3), powerfully built (229 pounds) and acrobatic. FSU's pass defense has been suspect all year, and its best CB, Patrick Robinson, sprained his left ankle last week.
Brian Landman, Times staff writer
WATCH OUT FOR...
FSU vs. No. 22 Georgia Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN2, 820-AM