Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU's Bowden May Look at Shuffling Deck

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU's Bowden May Look at Shuffling Deck

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Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent

Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden has some tough decisions to make in the offseason. One of the main problems he has to deal with is what to do with his son Jeff, the offensive coordinator.

Granted the younger Bowden had little to work with at quarterback with Wyatt Sexton and Chris Rix, but the play calling at times was mystifying. There are plenty of rumors Bowden could be demoted to receivers coach, and offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins and quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey could be let go.

FSU's offense has been non-existent in the first half of games this season. The Noles have not scored an offensive touchdown in the first half of their last five games. To add insult to injury, FSU has one of the worst third-down conversion percentages in the nation. They converted only 1-of-15 against Florida. In their three losses, the Nole offense has converted just 22 percent of their third downs and scored two combined touchdowns.

FSU has 15 losses in four seasons, as many as the Noles had in the previous 11 seasons.

Looking forward to 2005: If we could fast forward to a year from now, we would be a week away from the inaugural Atlantic Coast Championship game. We could have a Saturday where Florida is playing in Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference title and FSU is here challenging for the ACC title.

Expansion is good: If Virginia Tech beats rival Virginia today, then the Hokies travel to Miami next week with the ACC title on the line. How ironic that two teams that just left the Big East -- Tech and Miami -- are playing for the championship in their first year in the ACC?

Grudge match: Georgia is hoping to beat rival Georgia Tech for the fourth straight year when the two teams tangle today in Athens. The Bulldog defense is hoping to show improvement after allowing an average of 402 yards per game to Florida, Kentucky and Auburn. Georgia will also have to defend Tech freshman receiver Calvin Johnson, who has 41 catches for 732 yards and six touchdowns. …

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