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FSU at a glance

FSU and Greg Jones, bottom, squeaked by Georgia Tech and  Travis Parker, top, and Daryl Smith 14-13 in 2003.

Times (2003)

FSU and Greg Jones, bottom, squeaked by Georgia Tech and Travis Parker, top, and Daryl Smith 14-13 in 2003.

TUNING IN?

Coach: Bobby Bowden

Staff: Mickey Andrews (associate head coach/defensive coordinator/secondary); Jimbo Fisher (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/head coach in waiting); Chuck Amato (executive head coach/linebackers); Rick Trickett (offensive line); Odell Haggins (defensive tackles); Jody Allen (defensive ends/special teams coordinator); Dexter Carter (running backs); Lawrence Dawsey (wide receivers); James Coley (tight ends/recruiting coordinator); Todd Stroud (strength and conditioning); Bob LaCivita (director of player personnel); Chris St. John (graduate assistant); Garin Justice (graduate assistant).

Conference/division: ACC, Atlantic

Conference titles: 1992-2000, 2002-03, 2005

National titles: 1993, 1999

Radio: 1470-AM (Tampa), 1040-AM (Tampa), 1340-AM (Clearwater)

Web site: www.seminoles.com

2008 Schedule

Sept. 6 Western Carolina 6

Sept. 13 Chattanooga 3:45

Sept. 20 Wake Forest TBA

Sept. 27 Colorado (in J'ville) TBA

Oct. 4 at Miami TBA

Oct. 16 at N.C. State 7:30

Oct. 25 Virginia Tech TBA

Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech TBA

Nov. 8 Clemson TBA

Nov. 15 Boston College TBA

Nov. 22 at Maryland TBA

Nov. 29 Florida TBA

CAN'T-MISS GAMES

Sept. 20 vs. Wake Forest: The Seminoles will be without about 10 key players due to the academic misconduct scandal, but they could make their first big statement. Wake Forest has beaten FSU twice in a row, including an embarrassing 30-0 loss at home in 2006.

Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets, who haven't played FSU since the 2003 season, figure to be handling new coach Paul Johnson's triple-option offense far more efficiently, and that's not good. It's an unusual scheme that can make a speedy defense appear overzealous.

Nov. 29 vs. Florida: The Seminoles have lost four straight to their archrivals, and the Gators dominated in 2005 and 2007, outscoring the Seminoles by a combined 79-19. If the Seminoles are to show they're making a return to prominence and relevance, they need to reverse those trends.

2007 (7-6)

at Clemson 18-24 L

Ala.-Birmingham 34-24 W

at Colorado 16-6 W

Alabama (in J'ville) 21-14 W

N.C. State 27-10 W

at Wake Forest 21-24 L

Miami 29-37 L

Duke 25-6 W

at Boston College 27-17 W

at Virginia Tech 21-40 L

Maryland 24-16 W

at Florida 12-45 L

vs. Kentucky 28-35 L

Area players

K Zach Hobby (Countryside), RB Carlton Jones (Middleton), DT Moses McCray (Hillsborough), TE Caz Piurowski (Land O'Lakes), DB Rod Roberts (Hernando), OT Rhonne Sanderson (Plant), QB Drew Weatherford (Land O'Lakes)

DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUm

Capacity: 82,300

Tickets: Season tickets for home games are available at $312. Single-game tickets are available for every home game except Florida; for Western Carolina and Chattanooga ($36 for adults, $19 for youths), for Wake Forest ($46 and $12, youth day); for Virginia Tech and Clemson (all tickets are $46) and for Boston College ($46 and $24). Tickets for the Colorado game in Jacksonville are also available. For information or to purchase tickets, go to www.seminoles.com or call toll-free 1-888-378-6653.

Parking: Fans can park at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center surrounding state parking garages and pay $3 for a round-trip pass on a shuttle, the Spirit Express; the service begins an hour before kickoff and runs until an hour after the game. Residents who live on the southwest side of the stadium also offer parking at various rates.

Directions: Take Interstate 75 to Interstate 10. Go west on I-10 to Exit 31. Go west on Highway 90 (Tennessee Street) to Monroe Street. Turn left, go south to Gaines Street. Turn right, head south to the stadium.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

fSUSEMINOLES

MUST-WATCH STATS

Rolling a seven. The Seminoles scored just 32 touchdowns last season, the fewest by far since they scored 31 in 1981. And five of those TDs came on interception returns.

Longest yards. It's closely related, but FSU moved the ball downfield fairly well only to falter in the red zone. The Seminoles scored just 21 TDs on 48 trips to the red zone and too often settled for field goals.

Getting defensive. Back in the day, the FSU defense would allow maybe an average of 10 points (9.4 in 1993, for example), but last season Seminoles opponents averaged 22.9.

FSU at a glance 08/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:31am]

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