FSU needs Wake-up call

Oct 29, 2002 4:03 AM


   Not even Bobby Bowden’s switch to an FSU cap could uncover the secret of getting a solid game from his talented but out-of-sync Seminole squad.

   Even if Bobby goes back to his stylistically-challenged Indiana Jones hat, the Seminoles will still be one of the poorest prepared teams in the country. That will again be apparent this week.

   Florida State -10.5 at Wake Forest: As pointed out last week, the Seminoles were on the short end of a coaching mismatch, which showed in their forgettable performance against Notre Dame. They’ll have their hands full with Wake Forest, which ran for 267 yards last week against North Carolina in a 31-0 shutout victory. Take the points and Wake, which actually has a shot at the upset. WAKE

   Wisconsin at Iowa -9: We’ve been saying all season that the Hawkeyes are for real and that they have a legitimate shot at winning the Big 10 title and a Rose Bowl bid. They proved it in a huge win at Michigan, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Wolverines. But Wisconsin is playing well and could catch Iowa daydreaming about Pasadena. WISKY.

   Alabama -21 at Vanderbilt: The Crimson Tide last week snapped a seven-game losing streak to Tennessee, which looked inept and confused on offense at times. In the process, Alabama forced six turnovers that were turned into 24 points. It’s not likely the Tide will reproduce that effort. The Commodores have covered the spread in four of their last five home tilts with ’Bama. Thus they rate the edge to cover the big number. VANDY.

   San Diego State at BYU -3.5: San Diego State”˜s Adam Hall had a big day against UNLV, completing 28 of 45 passes for 319 yards and two TDs. The Aztecs, after losing their first five games, have won three straight in MWC play. They have a chance to upset BYU, which hasn’t shown the capability to stop anyone. Take the points and the win. SD STATE.

   Wyoming at UNLV -8.5: Don’t diminish Wyoming’s win over Air Force last week with suggestions that the Falcons were hungover from the Notre Dame effort. The Cowboys beat the flyboys behind the passing of Casey Bramlet, who completed 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and two TDs. The win broke a streak of 17 straight league losses. The ’Pokes have a chance to make it two in a row against a pathetic UNLV squad. WYOMING

   Texas -4.5 at Nebraska: The Cornhuskers have been a home dog just once in the last 10 years. They won that game 24-7 against Colorado in 1994. Last week the Huskers overcame a 17-point deficit at Texas A&M to pull out an unlikely victory. They may not be so fortunate this week against a Longhorns team that held Iowa State to 58 yards rushing and ran for nearly 260 yards. Although it’s heresy to bet against Nebraska as a home dog, Texas won’t be so generous in squandering its lead. The eyes of Texas will finally smile in Lincoln. TEXAS.

   Arizona St at Washington St -7: These two teams are undefeated in the Pac 10 and share Rose Bowl aspirations. The Sun Devils’ monstrous win over Oregon two weeks ago lost some of its luster when USC punched similar holes in the Ducks’ secondary. The Cougars’ Jason Gesser last week overtook Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf on the school’s list of all-time passers, and Washington State already owns a win over the Trojans. With an edge on defense, let’s give the nod to the home favorite. WASH ST

Last week: 3-4

Season: 30-25-4.