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<b>Florida State </b> found itself in a familiar position in Monday's initial Bowl Championship Series standings. The Seminoles (6-1) were fifth in the opening poll for the third time in six years. FSU rallied from the No. 5 position and one loss in 1998 and 2000 to appear in the national title game, only to lose to Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl and Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

Knocked from the undefeated ranks two weeks ago by Miami, the Seminoles would love nothing more than to climb back into national title contention.

"You are in a good position. It's simple -- you got to win," Bowden said Monday as FSU began preparations for Wake Forest. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"It doesn't make any difference if it (win) is pretty or not. You simply have to win. This game here worries me because people don't like play Wake Forest. They are too good without a big name, and they are playing real good."

Coming off a hard-fought 19-14 win at Virginia, FSU has just two home games remaining -- Wake Forest and North Carolina State Nov. 15. Road games include Notre Dame, Clemson and Florida.

In the first five years of the BCS, the teams that were in the top two spots in the first standings never stayed there for the final standings. However, the 10 teams that have played in the championship game were all in the top six in the first BCS standings.

"Hopefully, one of those teams up near the top lose," senior linebacker Kendyll Pope said. "Hopefully, we can play Miami again. But it would be nice to play Oklahoma -- or whoever -- in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. Still, I want to play Miami again since I haven't had a win against them since I've been here."


Cornerback Stanford Samuels (neck sprain) said his MRI Monday was "negative" but added more tests are planned. Samuels went out after the first play against Virginia.

"I basically had a burner, but I couldn't move (my arms). It was scary," Samuels said. "I am good now. I have a little tingling left in my fingers."

Additionally, guard Bobby Meeks (separated shoulder) practiced and hopes to return for Saturday's game.


Allen Augustin, Xavier Beitia and Michael Boulware were each named ACC Players of the Week following their performances at Virginia.

Augustin was named defensive lineman of the week after he totaled nine tackles, including six solos, in the Seminoles' 19-14 win over Virginia. He also added one tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure. Augustin and the FSU defense held the Cavaliers to just 99 yards in the second half, including 18 yards rushing.

The special teams player of the week was Beitia, who tied a career-high with four field goals, connecting from 34, 38, 47 and 39 yards. Beitia is 9 of 12 this year on field goal attempts and 41 of 54 for his career. His 13 points in the game moved him into sixth place on the Florida State all-time scoring list (245).

Boulware was named the defensive back of the week as he tied a career-high with 16 tackles (11 solos). The 6-3, 222-pound senior forced a fumble, had two pass break-ups and four third down stops.

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