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Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees Photo by: AP

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Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees Photo by: AP

Special Teams

The Seminoles are one of the league’s leaders in this category. P Shawon Powell averages a whopping 47.0 yards an attempt. FSU leads the nation in net punting. Powell has dropped 43 percent of his kicks into the opponents 20 yard line. PK Dustin Samuels is also standout player and first team All-ACC selection.

K David Ruffer has improved of recent indpite of a poor game against Stanford. P Ben Turk is no slouch himself averaging 40.2 yards a kick. The Punt return game for the Irish has been non-existent with only three yards gained on ten returns. Not a good stat when facing one of the nation’s premiere punters.

Prediction

This will be a defensive battle of will and determination. Florida State will prevail in this closely contested match up with its superior special teams.

Florida State 14 Notre Dame 10
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