Bobby's Corner

The Seminoles held a spirited practice in extremely hot conditions Monday afternoon. FSU coach Bobby Bowden was pleased with his team's effort as it continues preparations for Saturday's showdown at top-ranked Miami. The Seminoles are a 13-point underdog -- their largest deficit since being a 15-point underdog against Florida last year and one of their largest in the UM series since the top-ranked 'Canes thumped the Seminoles 41-23 in 1986.

Here are coach Bobby Bowden's comments from Monday's practice:

Opening Comments

"We had a hot day today, which is probably what we need. We will probably play in pretty hot weather Saturday. We had a pretty good practice today. We had some of them. ... Jerel Hudson (ankle) out. Torrance Washington worked a little bit. B.J. Ward (shoulder), Jerel and Torrance are probably your three biggest question marks. Typical Monday practice.

A lot of people say Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey is not a pro prospect. Can a team with those credentials (27-game winning streak) have just an average quarterback?

"No. I think they have a great one. I think they have to have a great one. I think he is. I don't know where they get that. I don't know who said that. But you sure wouldn't hear me say it. I don't think you would hear their coach say it either."

You are a 13-point underdog. Can you remember the last time you were an underdog like that against UM? You also have often said you like that role.

"Probably '86. (Top-ranked Miami beat FSU 41-23 in the Orange Bowl). I was thinking about that a while ago. Probably '86. It might have been the last time we were that big of an underdog. A long time. I think it's kind of easier on coaches to be underdog. It gives you something to get your kids up about. It's questionable whether you would rather be heavy favorites knowing you were that good (laughing)."

Your team dropped in the coaches poll and moved up in the AP poll. You were actually jumped by two teams that didn't play.

"That surprised me. But with the schedule we've got, if you win it takes care of all that. If we had a poor schedule down the road, you would say, ‘Oh, man. You will never get caught up.' You simply have to win anyway. It's not that big of a deal. It surprised me, but it's not that big of a deal."

What are your thoughts on overtime?

"I think it's good. I think it's probably about as fair a way of doing it as there is. It gives both teams a chance from the 25. I think whoever wins the toss has got an advantage, because you get to see what the other team does so he knows what to do. It's probably about as good a method you can have at the college level."

Do you practice for it?

"We practice it every now and then. But not all the time. We had our first overtime ever in the Louisville ballgame. This spring we practiced overtime and this fall several times we practiced overtime. It's not much different than if you had the ball on the 25-yard line. Whatever you do you would probably do again."

Despite losses of key players to the NFL, it doesn't appear Miami has suffered any dropoff on either side of the ball.

"There defense doesn't surprise me because they have that front seven back plus the depth. But losing those offensive linemen they lost I thought there would be a dropoff there. But there does not seem to be a dropoff. They lost a lot of experience (secondary) but they have some young talent back there. The way they play defense. ... their front is so good. They keep those guys out of awkward situations. You don't see them up there gambling with that secondary. They don't have to. Their front seven is so good, they can handle all that short, intermediate stuff. We won't see another defense like the one they play. They are probably the only people in the country that play it."

Have you found any answers defensively why so often you play one really good half or a good three quarters then something happens?

"I can put it all on one thing last week (against Clemson). Long passes. On four of their long passes they caught, we were in perfect position on three of them. They made the play and we didn't. We got to start making plays."

Is that easy to solve?

"You can solve it by taking one Deion Sanders and putting him in there (laughing). You can solve that thing. These kids have to get better, better and better, so they can handle it."

The defense felt the second half against Clemson may have given them some confidence.

"It could have because the second half they played more like the Florida State defenses that you have seen in the pass. Creating turnovers. Forcing turnovers. Getting some big plays and keeping the other team off the board except once. Which was probably set up again by a long pass. I am not sure. But that was our defect against Iowa State. Long passes. The other night, long passes. That's where we've been getting hurt. At Miami, you can't hurt them like that because they play deep anyway. They let that front seven take care of all that action up front. You have to be pretty darn good up front to do that, and they are."

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