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Seminoles begin a restless stretch

An early bye week means 11 straight games without one for Florida State, beginning Saturday.


© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000

ATLANTA -- Florida State did more than begin its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule Saturday night. It kicked off a daunting slate of 11 straight games without a bye week.

"You hope that all the hours in the weightroom this summer will pay off because we don't have another week to get a break for an ankle injury or a shoulder injury," said senior linebacker Brian Allen, who benefited from a week off after the opener to rehabilitate a sprained ankle. "You've got to be ready to go every week."

This season's unusual schedule sure had the Seminoles antsy to play Saturday.

"For us, you practice for three weeks and play the first game and then get a week off, so nobody really feels like we're in the groove yet, that we're in that game mode, that routine," senior quarterback Chris Weinke said before the Georgia Tech game.

"It feels like we haven't played a game yet. That's the tough thing. That's why you practice so hard, so you can play the game. But we've practiced for four weeks and only played one game, so we're excited about getting back into playing some football."

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