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Nov. 6, 1997

Seminoles Hold Final Practice Before North Carolina Game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles held their final practice in preparation for Saturday's ACC showdown with No. 5 North Carolina. The Seminoles practiced for 15 periods in shorts at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"We have had a good week of preparation," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "We concentrated on correcting our mistakes on special teams; the blocked punts, the bad snaps, the missed extra points. "

Coach Bowden also announced that the North Carolina game will be a sod game. The seniors voted for it based upon it being a big ACC game and the fact that some publications have Florida State as underdogs. The last sod game for Florida State was last year's 34-16 victory over Miami in the Orange Bowl. Being dubbed the biggest game in ACC history, this match-up will give the winner the inside track to the national championship game in the Orange Bowl.

"The winner of this game has the chance to play for the national championship," stated Bowden. "I am not saying that they will, but they have the chance."

INJURY REPORT: Greg Spires, Larry Smith and Corey Simon are all listed as probable with neck burners. Ross Brannon will return to action after missing last week with a right ankle sprain.

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