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College football scouting report: Florida State vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 28

Wake Forest (2-1, 1-0 ACC) is looking to win its third straight in Tallahassee and to beat the Seminoles (2-1, 0-0) for the fourth time in five years, but it's struggling defensively. The Demon Deacons are allowing an average of 461.33 yards per game (108th among 120 Division I-A teams) and an average of 43 points (116th). They've given up 116 to I-A competition (48 in a win against Duke, 68 in a loss at Stanford). Coach Jim Grobe said he and his staff may have to pare down a "huge" playbook: "I think sometimes we ask our guys to think too much, and they tend to play slower when they're not thinking fast. So I think our challenge is to be careful how much we ask our guys to do."

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

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FSU QB Christian Ponder, left, would like nothing more than to atone for his start against Wake Forest in 2008, a humbling 12-3 loss in which he threw three interceptions, including on his first play. (He was out injured for last year's game.) Ponder has been nursing a badly bruised triceps muscle of his right (throwing) arm and was limited in practice much of the week.



Florida State vs. Wake Forest, 3:30, Ch. 28, 1040-AM

College football scouting report: Florida State vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 28 09/24/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 8:42pm]
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