No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. Florida State
Imoh Will Play: Virginia Tech senior running back Mike Imoh (Robinson High) will play against the Seminoles, Coach Frank Beamer said yesterday. Imoh missed the last two games because of a badly sprained left ankle. In his absence, senior Cedric Humes and redshirt freshman Branden Ore carried the load for the Hokies, combining to run for 466 yards and eight touchdowns in victories over Virginia and North Carolina.
Reeling Seminoles: Florida State has lost three games in a row for the first time since 1983. The Seminoles haven't lost four straight since they lost five consecutive games in 1975, the season before Coach Bobby Bowden arrived at Florida State. "You look at the players they've got, they can get okay in a hurry," Beamer said. "I believe that. They have got that great defense. And they're playing great defense. They will humble you in a hurry. No question in my mind, they are getting ready to play the best football game they've played this season tomorrow night."
A Thin Line: Florida State was already playing without starting guards Matt Meinrod and John Frady and tackle Cory Niblock, who underwent season-ending surgeries. Now, the Seminoles will have to play the first half against Virginia Tech without starting guard Cornelius Lewis, who was suspended after he was ejected for fighting in last week's 34-7 loss at Florida. Bowden said the Seminoles will move starting tackle Ron Lunford to right guard, and junior Mario Henderson will make his second career start at left tackle. When Lewis returns in the second half, Bowden said, Lunford will return to tackle. "The biggest thing we are faced with right now is trying to play a game with three starting offensive linemen out of the game," Bowden said. "I don't know of any team in the country that has been able to get by with that one."
-- Mark Schlabach