Insider: Noles Defense vs Irish Offense

The Florida State Seminoles look to finish off the 2011 season on a positive note  thursday night  and use the Champs Sports Bowl match-up against Notre Dame as a spring board towards the 2012 season. The Noles come in ranked 6th in the nation in total defense, giving up an average of 274 yards per game.  FSU also brings in the number 2 ranked rush defense giving up an average of 82 yards per game. Only Alabama (74.9) is ahead of the Seminoles in rush defense. 

FSU’s pass defense which ranks 19th in the nation ( 192.8)  will have the challenge of trying to slow down the Irish offense that is led by Michael Floyd who is the  most prolific wide receiver in Notre Dame football history. One of the players that will be responsible for slowing down Floyd is Seminoles senior defensive back Mike Harris. Check out what Harris had to say about going up against Floyd and the Irish passing game.

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News and Notes

-Here is a  look at the  stats breakdown of FSU defense  against a Notre Dame offense that is the best the Seminoles have seen since  the Clemson Tigers back  in September.

Scoring  Defense/ Offense

Florida  State   Defense        15 points per game  ranks 4th in nation

Notre Dame Offense             30 points per game  ranks 43rd in nation

Rushing Defense/Offense

Florida State Defense          82 yards per game  ranks  2nd in nation

Notre Dame  Offense          166 yards per game  ranks  51st in nation

Passing Defense/Offense

Florida State Defense      193 yards per game  ranks 19th in nation

Notre Dame Offense      256 yards per game ranks 33rd in nation

Total Yards

Florida State Defense        274 yards per game  ranks 6th in nation

Notre Dame Offense        424 yards    per game ranks  34th in nation

News and Notes

-The Seminoles have had a good week in Orlando and hope to finish it off with a win on thursday night. Earlier this week I had a chance to talk to senior writer  Brandon Mellor about Florida State playing in Champs Sports Bowl and what is at stake on thursday night.

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– On the ESPN 1080 Insiders Show Christmas Online edition on friday. We broke down the Champs Sports Bowl matchup in depth with Mike  Fahmie of ESPN Tallahassee

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 – Radio coverage of Florida State-Notre Dame will be on ESPN 1080 The Team with pregame coverage starting at 330pm with  kickoff  at 530pm  with Gene Deckerhoff and William Floyd on the call.