10-Day Hoo Preview: November Schedule Breakdown

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As mentioned in the September schedule outlook, the Cavaliers face the top three ACC teams from the previous season for the third time in three years in 2006. What could possibly make that sort of bad news worse? The Hoos face all three in one month. The Sabre wraps up its schedule analysis with a look at the last month of the year.

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Florida State Seminoles

November 4
At Doak-Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Playing Surface: Grass (82,300)

The Basics

2005 Record: 8-5 (5-3 ACC)

Bowl Game: 26-23 loss to No. 3 Penn State in the Orange Bowl

Offense: Pro Set/Returning Starters – 6

Defense: Multiple from a base 4-3/Returning Starters – 5

Special Teams: Returning Starters – 1

What’s to like? Drew Weatherford set the ACC passing record (3,208 yards) for a freshman last season. He is among the top returning quarterbacks in the nation. Kicker Gary Cismesia had a terrific season last year nailing 17 of 24 field goal attempts, including six from 40-plus yards, and 42 of 43 PATs. Lorenzo Booker decided to forgo the NFL and return for his senior season and with an offensive line that brings back five players with starting experience, Booker could be the first FSU back in more than a decade to rush for more than 1,000 yards.

What’s not to like? The Seminoles lose two starting defensive linemen, two starting linebackers, and two starters from the secondary to the NFL Draft. It seems like this happens every year but this season it may not bode well for the ‘Noles. The FSU defense was average last year by Seminole standards, finishing fifth in the conference in run defense, sixth in pass defense, and seventh in scoring defense. The biggest concern has to be in the defensive backfield where Florida State loses both starting safeties as well as rover Kyler Hall who started 13 games last season. It’s hard to see how