When it comes to crowd hostility, C David Castillo rates Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as one of the most difficult places he's played at in his career. And with a patchwork line surrounding him for Saturday's trip to Florida, a key to proper execution will be working through that feral atmosphere.
Florida State practiced with crowd noise a day ahead of schedule Wednesday inside of Doak Campbell Stadium to prepare the team for this weekend.
"We have to do a lot of communicating," said Castillo. "You have to make sure everybody is on the same page. When you don't make the right call, you don't block guys and guys come free."
Head coach Bobby Bowden said that the trip to Clemson on Nov. 12 was the loudest atmosphere his team has encountered this season, and that he thinks that will have them ready for the Gators.
"(Clemson) is as loud as any of them," said Bowden. "At least we've been under that type of pressure."
The Seminoles traditionally practice with crowd noise on a Thursday before they head to a road game, but around 10 years ago, while the team was practicing Thanksgiving morning, someone stopped by the stadium to let Bowden know he was being disrupted by the noise.
"Didn't you know this is Thanksgiving," the man said to Bowden. "We can't hear up in our house."
Bowden has since moved practice.
The last time Florida State traveled to Gainesville, Florida fans were incensed about calls made by an ACC officiating crew in the Seminoles' 38-34 victory over the Gators. This year, per stipulations in contract between the two schools, the game will be officiated by a crew from the SEC.
"I agreed to it," said Bowden. "We'll have ACC officials here and SEC officials there."
Bowden said he notices slight changes in the way that officials from different conferences call game, but it is usually only minor variations.
"They are all a little bit stricter in area than another," said Bowden.
Florida State has had SEC officials work practices in past years, but not this season.
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