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Depending on the path and mood of Tropical Storm Frances, the Florida State Seminoles are well aware they will probably be forced indoors when they return to practice on Monday. The Miami Hurricanes, meanwhile, have not practiced since a workout Thursday morning. They are also scheduled to resume Monday.

Florida State is scheduled to return to practice on Monday, resuming its month-long preparation for the Miami Hurricanes.

The Seminoles are expected to practice indoors on Monday and Tuesday due to Frances.

The storm, which was crawling west-northwest at 10 mph, could regain hurricane strength over the Gulf of Mexico before renewing its plodding assault on the Florida Panhandle.

Following Saturday morning's outdoor practice, FSU coach Bobby Bowden said he didn't believe practicing indoors would hamper his team's preparation.

"We were ready last Thursday so there isn't much more we could do other than maintain what we got. That's what we are trying to do is maintain what we got. If we can't get out Monday and Tuesday, which I hope we can because we want to try and maintain, then we will just go inside and just get done what we can."

Bowden also felt the Seminoles ended practice last week on a positive note. The final 15 minutes of Saturday's practice were used for 11-on-11 scrimmaging. And, for the second straight day, the defense ended one-minute offense with an interception as Buster Davis picked off Rix on the final play of practice.

"We got two good days in (Friday and Saturday), and I thought they were pretty productive,'' Bowden said. "Now, I don't know what the weather will be on Monday. But at least we can go into (this) week in pretty good shape."

Both FSU and UM moved up a spot in Sunday's Associated Press poll following LSU's sloppy overtime home victory over Oregon State.


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