November 16, 2007

Terps-Seminoles preview

Christian Varner calls Doak Campbell Stadium a castle, a nod to the place's history in the game. When he sees the Seminoles classic garnet and gold uniforms, he sees Deion Sanders, Warrick Dunn and Peter Warrick, greats that established FSU as college football's premier program of the past 25 years.

But when Varner and his Terrapin teammates arrive looking for their first ever victory in Tallahassee Saturday, they will face a Seminoles team that has stirred few memories of their predecessors.

Florida State is 6-4, its seventh consecutive season with at least three losses, but still represents a substantial challenge for a Terps team in desperate need of wins.

The Series: Florida State leads 15-2 and is 8-0 against the Terps in Doak Campbell.

What You Need To Know About Florida State

Coach Bobby Bowden overhauled his offensive staff in hopes of again making the Seminoles one of the nation's most feared attacks. Jimbo Fisher came to Tallahassee as the offensive coordinator and the highly regarded Rick Trickett came on board to coach the offensive line.

The results may eventually come but they haven't been immediate. The FSU offense has struggled all season, failing to break 30 points against any team not named UAB.

The Seminoles running game, while improved, remains average, at best. Antone Smith, FSU's leading rusher with 657 yards (3.8 ypc), dinged his shoulder in last weekend's loss to Virginia Tech but is expected to play.

Florida State's biggest area of concern is quarterback. Drew Weatherford, who was benched for Xavier Lee earlier in the season, has returned to the lineup and done some good things, but the offense hasn't been explosive.

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