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    The Wilson Report - October 30th

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    It doesn't seem to make sense that a defensive battle that comes down to the final two seconds for a field goal to win like UNC's thrilling win at Virginia Tech on Thursday night means "you never know who will win in that crazy ACC."  But a block of a field goal with two seconds left to give Alabama a defensive win over Tennessee somehow solidifies the power of the conference in the mind of the same "expert."

    The SID office uncovered the stat that no one seems to focus on in the ACC.  Christian Ponder will go into the NC State game with a streak of 237 straight passes without an interception.  His streak ties Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke and is third longest in ACC history.

    If you were wondering where Ponder's start this year figures into recent FSU history, he's some numbers.  He has thrown for more yards (2,176) than all but one quarterback dating back to Charlie Ward in 1993 after the first seven games.  Chris Weinke threw for 2,510 yards at the seven game point of his Heisman Trophy season in 2000, but did it on just 164 completions.  Ponder had completed 180 passes which is more than Ward, Kanell (twice), Busby, Weinke (three years) Rix and Weatherford completed after the first seven games of starting seasons.

    I shouldn't be surprised because Chris Poole warned insiders, but how does a volleyball team go 19-2, 10-1 in the ACC and have won a game-tying seven ACC games in a row and not move up from the No. 17 national ranking they had three weeks ago.  Like I said, Poole forecast that the FSU run up the rankings would hit a stall no matter what they did, but it's still hard to swallow.  The volleyball team hits the road this weekend for matches at Virginia and Virginia Tech and currently stands atop the ACC.

    Florida State's soccer win over North Carolina on a header goal in the last 20 seconds is just about as good as it gets.

    I can only offer a tease here, but there is something very interesting on the horizon for FSU athletics.  

    I haven't found this at any other school.  Did you know that for at least one season of football, Florida State had three different emblems on their helmets based on the year?   The helmets had either an chief's head, tomahawk or spear depending on your class.  So looking down a photo of the offensive line for instance you saw different logos.

    Don't forget the men's basketball exhibition game this Tuesday night.  Proceeds from the game are used to help the Aubry Boyd Foundation.  Aubry starred for the Seminole's in the 90's before a tragic accident while playing a pickup football game left him paralyzed.  And speaking of basketball, we are changing some seating in the Tucker Center, which will move the 'Nole Zone from the side of the court to the end of the court and we are increasing the number of student seats closer to the floor.  In addition, we will have new courtside seats coming available which will be filled using the priority system, but the subsequent shift in the seats between the baskets could open some seats between the baskets that haven't been available for years.  FSU officials expect the entire lower bowl to sell out before the season starts.

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