Hurricanes hope to slow down Jameis Winston, Seminoles

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There’s one way to stop the Florida State offense from reaching its average of 52.6 points per game – keep quarterback Jameis Winston and company on the sidelines.

That’s the goal for No. 7 Miami when the Hurricanes travel to Tallahassee for a showdown with the third-ranked Seminoles
tonight.

Most of that responsibility will fall on the shoulders of running back Duke Johnson and an offensive line that averages 313 pounds per lineman. Johnson is the No. 11 rusher in FBS, racking up 117.6 yards per game for the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference)

“What doesn’t he do well? That’d be easier,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said when asked about Johnson. “We could have a shorter conversation.

“The only team that stayed within 14 points of the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic) was Boston College, which featured a rugged run game that pounded out 200 yards on 45 carries.

That was the fourth game of the season and before the Florida State defensive line came to life.

TENNESSEE: Defensive lineman Maurice Couch is permanently ineligible following a September report that he received improper benefits, the NCAA ruled.

The program released a statement through Twitter that Couch had been ruled ineligible and that it plans to appeal.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Carl Pelini’s surprising departure from took another turn Friday, when school officials released sworn affidavits from two people -- including a member of Pelini’s staff -- alleging that the football coach was seen using marijuana and cocaine.

Assistant coach Matt Edwards told officials that he witnessed Pelini smoking marijuana in Key West, Fla. on Oct. 19, the Saturday of an off week for the Owls. That was echoed by another person, Allison Stewart, who also said she got a text message from the now-former Owls coach one day later in which he was “admitting that he uses drugs on occasion.”

Edwards remains on the staff, and is expected to be coaching today when Florida Atlantic plays host to Tulane in Boca Raton, Fla. Brian Wright has replaced Pelini as head coach, on an interim basis.


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