Seminoles, Blazers Looking to Rebound from Disappointing Openers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State's frustrating search for a productive offense resumes Saturday when the Seminoles host UAB in a matchup of unranked teams trying to recover from opening game losses.

At first glance, UAB might be just the opponent the Seminoles and their new group of offensive coaches need since the Blazers surrendered 593 yards last week in a 55-18 loss at Michigan State.

But then the Seminoles are no longer the powerhouse they once were.

Florida State fell out of the Top 25 after losing Monday at Clemson. It is just 8-11 in the past 19 games dating back to the final five games of the 2005 season and winless in the last eight tries against Atlantic Coast Conference divisional rivals.

Saturday's nonconference assignment against the Blazers of Conference USA is simple. As Florida State coach Bobby Bowden puts
it: their number one goal is to win.

Kickoff is 4 p.m. Central time.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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