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Insider: Noles Defense vs Irish Offense

The Florida State Seminoles look to finish offthe 2011 season on a positive note thursday nightand 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 isthe most prolific wide receiverin 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 bestthe Seminoleshave 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 Seminoles.com 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 330pmwith kickoff at 530pm with Gene Deckerhoff and William Floyd on the call.



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