CHAPEL HILL -- Florida State's coming to town on Thursday and as far as
North Carolina is concerned, it's the old Florida State, the powerhouse
of the 1990s, not the current version, winless in the ACC and mired in
"They're still Florida State," UNC cornerback Kendric Burney said.
"Growing up in the 90s, Florida State was pretty much all you heard
about in the ACC."
Heels coach Butch Davis gushed about the Seminoles, who are 0-3 in the
ACC, and compared quarterback Christian Ponder to Brett Favre. Davis,
who praises the opponent each Monday at his press conference, can be
forgiven for his impressions of FSU. As Miami's head coach in the late
1990s, Davis went 1-5 against Bobby Bowden's program.
But that was when Florida State was ripping off 14 consecutive seasons
in the top 5 and ACC titles with routine ease. The Noles come into the
first Thursday night ESPN game in Chapel Hill on a three-game losing
streak, 2-4 overall and one of three teams winless in the ACC (UNC and
N.C. State are the others).
On Oct. 5, the chairman of the university's board of trustees called
for Bowden, the school's coach since 1976 and owner of 12 ACC title and
two national titles, to resign and for coach-in-waiting, Jimbo Fisher,
to finish the season. The next day, school president T.K. Wetherell
said Bowden would finish the season. The Noles lost their next game,
49-44 to Georgia Tech at home and haven't played since.
FSU's main problems have been on defense, which ranks last in the ACC
in total defense (426.7 yards per game), run defense (172.8)and pass
defense (253.8). The Noles are 107th nationally in total defense and
90th in scoring defense (28.2 point per game).
"You can't look at that," UNC quarterback T.J. Yates said. "You can't
look at their record because that will give you a false sense of who