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Enough Talking

Friday's season-opener in the Orange Bowl between fourth-ranked Florida State and fifth-ranked Miami is right around the corner -- thankfully. There has been expected chirping between the two teams -- mainly from UM cornerback <b>Antrel Rolle</b> who said FSU receiver <b>Craphonso Thorpe</b> doesn't "match up" with him -- as the days draw closer. Still, the game will boil down to preparation and execution, and <b>Matt Meinrod</b> says the Seminoles are ready to play.

Florida State junior guard Matt Meinrod is running out of patience.

"It's dragging on and we've been talking about this for nine months now and now it's finally here," Meinrod said.

"I wish it were yesterday."

FSU and rival Miami tangle in their season-opener Friday in the Orange Bowl. The Seminoles will hold their final practice today before departing to Miami on Thursday afternoon.

Meinrod says the team's spirits are high following the four-day delay due to Hurricane Frances.

"Last week we were kind of down that we weren't playing on Monday but now our spirits are high and we can't wait to get down to Miami," Meinrod said.

Meinrod has watched plenty of film of the Hurricanes' front seven this summer.

"They are big, they are fast, they are strong, they are athletic. But they are young at linebacker so we will try to expose that a little bit," Meinrod said.

"Their front four is solid and hopefully Cro Thorpe can get the better of Antrel (Rolle)."

Rolle, of course, is the Hurricanes' star cornerback. He was quoted in last Sunday's Miami Herald that Thorpe didn't "match up" with him.

In last year's Orange Bowl matchup, won by the Hurricanes 16-14, FSU coach Bobby Bowden said the Seminoles' offensive approach was "vanilla." He promised a rainbow scheme in the opener, and Meinrod is looking for an aggressive game plan.

"I think we are going to attack. I don't think we are going to hold back anything," Meinrod said.

"I don't think we are going to save anything for the fourth quarter, the third quarter. I think we are going to go at them the whole game until they quit pretty much."


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