November 21, 2007

ASI Insider Report: Nothing to lose?

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Make but not break game (By Gene Williams,

Other than bragging rights, the Florida State football team doesn't have a whole lot to lose this Saturday. The oddmakers have the 'Noles as two-touchdown underdogs against the rival Florida Gators and nobody is giving them the slightest chance to pull off the upset in Gainesville.

Not only would an upset win shake up the respective fan bases of the two teams and break a three-game losing streak for FSU, it could mark a major positive turn in the direction of the Seminole program. Since 2001, coaches and fans have been desperately searching for a defining win or wins that mark the resurgence of the program. If FSU is able to win three-of-four in the month of November, known has 'murders row', then it would be hard to deny that the 'Noles have crossed a turning point that has eluded them since the turn of the century.

"It (could be) a nine win season and it would be an improvement from last year," defensive end Everette Brown said. "The last two years we haven't had a nine-game winning season. To come out of these last four at 3-1 would be great. We were on the road for three games and one at home so you come out 3-1 is pretty good going into the bowl game. But just beating Florida is going to be a big game, and you always want to beat your rival, the instate team. We killed Miami film-wise but lost on the scoreboard. We need to go out Saturday and get a win."

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