2005 Keys to the Game: Florida State

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This one should be interesting. Virginia Tech vs Florida State for the ACC
Championship and an automatic BCS bid to the Orange Bowl. And the Hokies are
favored by two touchdowns. I haven�t looked it up, but it has to be a
very, very long time since Florida State was that big of an underdog in a
football game.

But this is a different Florida State team. This started as a very promising
season, but various off field issues, academic suspensions, and several key
injuries eventually caught up with the Seminoles and they stumbled down the
stretch, losing their last three games in convincing fashion.

Yet, here they are � with a chance to salvage their season � the chance
to win the ACC Championship and BCS glory.

The Hokies know what�s at stake as well. They have had their sights set all
season on defending their ACC championship and, with a little help from Georgia
Tech, will have the opportunity to do so. If that isn�t motivation enough,
they have the opportunity to get Frank Beamer his first ever victory in seven
tries against FSU and their legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Despite being heavy
favorites, they will not be overconfident � after all, this is still Florida
State.

Let�s break it down.

Tech Defense vs. Florida State Offense

They say coaching is a tough business. Jeff Bowden would agree with that. FSU�s
offense has misfired for most of the season and Jeff Bowden is taking the heat
for it. The fans have high expectations and they see superior talent that is
underperforming or being underutilized.

While it is true that the Noles have a lot of talented players at running
back and wide receiver, the reality is that this is a young, inexperienced unit
working behind a patchwork offensive line, led by a QB that wasn�t quite ready
to take the reins. That they have struggled should surprise no one, especially
the FSU fans.

On the other hand, the Tech defense has been dominant all season, suffering
very few injuries or setbacks. On paper, this matchup tips heavily towards Bud
Foster and the Hokies, but they know that FSU is a powder keg of potential with
quick-strike firepower.

Backed into a corner, I expect FSU to pull out all the stops on offense to
try to catch the Hokies with big plays. The

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