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FSU: For the fans

By Times Staff
Published September 1, 2006


COACH: Bobby Bowden

STAFF: Mickey Andrews, associate head coach/defensive coordinator/secondary; Kevin Steele, executive head coach/linebackers; Billy Sexton, assistant head coach/running backs; Jeff Bowden, offensive coordinator/receivers; Jody Allen, defensive ends; Daryl Dickey, quarterbacks; Odell Haggins, defensive tackles; John Lilly, tight ends/recruiting coordinator; Mark McHale, offensive line; Jon Jost, strength and conditioning; James Colzie, graduate assistant; Ron Dugans, graduate assistant

CONFERENCE/DIVISION: ACC, Atlantic Division

CONFERENCE TITLES: 1992-2000, 2002-03, 2005

NATIONAL TITLES: 1993, 1999

RADIO: WLUV-AM 1470

WEB SITE: www.seminoles.com

Bobby Bowden Field at DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUM

CAPACITY: 82,300

TICKETS: Season tickets ($282) for the eight home games are available. Single-game tickets for the home games are available, except for Florida. Prices are $30 for Troy, Rice, Wake Forest and Western Michigan and $38 for Clemson, Boston College and Virginia. Tickets for games at Miami and Maryland are sold out. Road games at North Carolina State ($45) and Duke ($30) are available. To buy tickets, visit www.seminoles.com.

PARKING: Available on campus if it isn't reserved for boosters. Fans are encouraged to use the Donald L. Tucker Center lot and adjacent state lots. StarMetro will provide shuttle service to and from the stadium beginning two hours before kickoff and ending one hour after the game. (One bus will run during the game.) The cost is $3 per person. Children younger than 12 ride free.

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

 

2006 SCHEDULE

Monday at Miami 8

Sept. 9 Troy 6

Sept. 16 Clemson 7:45

Sept. 23 Rice TBA

Oct. 5 at N.C. State 7:30

Oct. 14 at Duke TBA

Oct. 21 Boston College TBA

Oct. 28 at Maryland TBA

Nov. 4 Virginia TBA

No. 11 Wake Forest TBA

Nov. 18 W. Michigan TBA

Nov. 25 Florida TBA

3 GAMES TO WATCH

MONDAY AT MIAMI

The Seminoles haven't beaten the Hurricanes in Miami since 1998, losing three in the Orange Bowl and once in the bowl game. This one will set the tone for the season, for both teams.

SEPT. 16 VS. CLEMSON

The Tigers, a trendy pick to win the division, look to make it two straight and three of four against FSU with a win in Tallahassee.

OCT. 21 VS. BOSTON COLLEGE

Fans might be more concerned about the Gators on Nov. 25, but this game might just decide the Atlantic Division and a berth in the ACC Championship Game.

3 STATS TO WATCH

RUSHING YARDS

The Seminoles averaged 94.0 yards rushing, 109 out of 117 Division I-A schools and the worst in the Bowden era. They need a far more balanced attack, or redshirt sophomore QB Drew Weatherford will have to do waaaaay too much.

POINTS ALLOWED

The defense allowed 20 or more in the final nine games, an unprecedented streak. FSU went 4-5 in those games. With seven starters gone, three of whom (LB Ernie Sims, DE Kamerion Wimbley and NG Brodrick Bunkley) were first-round draft picks, it will be up to a largely unknown group to recapture FSU's stinginess.

INTERCEPTIONS

Weatherford threw 18 last year, 13 coming in Games 6-11. He rebounded dramatically in the ACC finale and the Orange Bowl, both against top-shelf defenses, by throwing just one interception in 78 attempts.

2005 RESULTS (8-5)

Miami W 10-7

Citadel W 62-10

at Boston College W 28-17

Syracuse W 38-14

Wake Forest W 41-24

at Virginia L 26-21

at Duke W 55-24

Maryland W 35-27

N.C. State L 20-15

at Clemson L 35-14

at Florida L 34-7

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

Virginia Tech W 27-22

ORANGE BOWL

Penn State L 26-23 (3OT)

- BRIAN LANDMAN, Times staff writer