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A-One-and-a-Two...
Rick Reilly
November 15, 1993
Strike up the band. Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Notre Dame will finally face the music this Saturday in South Bend
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November 15, 1993

A-one-and-a-two...

Strike up the band. Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Notre Dame will finally face the music this Saturday in South Bend

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Do you like Holtz, the lisping, referee-crisping, 160-pound wisping genius of the Golden Dome, the man who is at his best in big games, the man who is 6-1 at Notre Dame with two weeks to prepare for a game (which he has had for this one)?

Or do you like Bowden, the dirt-kicking, defense-tricking, world-licking country boy from Alabama, the man who became the first coach in history to have six 10-win seasons in a row, the man who hasn't lost a bowl game in his last 11?

Tough choice.

Holtz. Notre Dame, one point.

ALUMNI
Florida State opens with Reynolds. Notre Dame counters with Norm from Cheers (George Wendt), plus Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. Florida State comes back with Richard Simmons. Notre Dame throws in Phil Donahue. Florida State offers Miss Jane Hathaway from The Beverly Hillbillies (Nancy Culp), not to mention Bob Urich. Not enough. Notre Dame, one point.

HALFTIME SCORES

Florida State has kicked booty so often this season that Ward has barely played in a fourth quarter. In fact, to quote the clich´┐Ż, most of the Seminoles' games have been over before the tuba player danced. At the half Florida State led Kansas 21-0, 21st-ranked Clemson 23-0, Duke 29-0, 13th-ranked North Carolina 10-7, Georgia Tech 16-0, third-ranked Miami 21-7, 15th-ranked Virginia 30-0, Wake Forest 34-0 and Maryland 21-13.

Notre Dame trailed Navy 24-17 at intermission and trailed Northwestern 12-7 in the third quarter. Please. Florida State, six points.

HEY, GOOBER, NOTRE DAME AIN'T DAMNED RICE, YOU KNOW

This is true. In fact, the last time the Irish were underdogs at home against a No. 1 team, they beat Miami 31-30. Notre Dame's ground game is so hellish that Father Hesburgh could go in at tailback, follow All-America tackle Aaron Taylor and swallow up 100 yards. Against a very tough Southern Cal line this year, the Irish gained 301.

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