Tale of the Tape: 'Noles vs. 'Hawks

What do you want to know about the matchup, the series and the coaches for Florida State vs. ULM? Here are several nuggets to consider courtesy of NoleDigest.com's weekly Tale of the Tape.


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Senior linebacker Nigel Bradham paced Florida State in 2010 with 98 tackles, plus he added 5.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and a forced fumble.

The Matchup

Florida State University begins is 65th season of college football at home against the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the 2011 opener. ...

The Seminoles enter a highly-anticipated year with their highest preseason rankings -- No. 5 in the coaches' poll, No. 6 in the AP -- since 2004. ...

FSU, the defending champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division, is coming off a 10-4 season. It capped the 2010 campaign with a 26-17 victory over South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome. ...

ULM was 5-7 last season, falling just short of bowl eligibility when it lost to FIU in the Sun Belt Conference championship game. ...

Florida State is 48-16 all time in season openers and 28-6 when opening the season at home. ...

The Seminoles have won 16 consecutive home openers and not suffered any season-opening setbacks at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1974 (Pittsburgh, 9-6).

The Series

This is the first meeting between Florida State and ULM. ...

The Seminoles are 8-1 all time against current members of the Sun Belt, with series leads against Troy (5-1), North Texas (2-0) and Middle Tennessee (1-0). ...

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Scalp 'Em

FSU last faced a member of the Sun Belt when it defeated Troy 24-17 in 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Coaches

Florida State: Second-year coach Jimbo Fisher was 10-4 in his first foray as a head coach last season in Tallahassee after 23 seasons as an assistant at five different schools. He established a new record for wins by a first-year coach of the Seminoles in 2010.

ULM: Todd Berry enters his second season at the helm after guiding the Warhawks to a 5-7 record and within a Sun Belt championship game victory of delivering the school its first bowl appearance. Entering his 10th season as a head coach, he has a 34-67 all-time record.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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