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Seminoles' Weinke Now Having a Blast

November 06, 1998|CHRIS DUFRESNE

Party on, Chris Weinke.

Nice to see the balding, 26-year-old sophomore quarterback has adjusted to college life.

After leading Florida State to last week's win over North Carolina, Weinke threw a postgame bash at his off-campus home that was halted by Tallahassee police in the wee hours.

Officer: "Mr. Weinke, could you please ask your son to turn down the music."

Weinke: "I am the son!"

Weinke has reason to celebrate. After nearly losing his starting job after his six-interception game against North Carolina State on Sept. 12, Weinke has been almost perfect in leading the Seminoles back into national title contention.

In his last seven games, Weinke has thrown for 1,884 yards, 16 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Saturday's game will probably decide the Atlantic Coast Conference title. A win by Florida State would continue the Seminoles' dominance in the conference.

Currently No. 6 in the bowl championship series rankings, Florida State can help itself by knocking off No. 5 Florida on Nov. 21, but the Seminoles would still probably need a loss from three of the four remaining schools ranked above them--Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, Kansas State--to have a chance to finish first or second in the BCS.

Virginia is one of only two ACC schools to defeat Florida State, but the Cavaliers have a history of fading in November and are not the same defensively since the loss of star safety Anthony Poindexter because of a season-ending injury.

With Nebraska's 47-game home winning streak ended last week by Texas, Florida State now owns the current longest streak with 38 wins in a row at home.

Line: Florida State by 17.

Rating the TV Games

**** Don't leave the recliner

*** The yardwork can wait

** OK to flip to fishing show

* For arena football scouts only

** No. 13 Notre Dame (6-1) at Boston College (3-5), 9 a.m., Channel 2

Notre Dame pays respects to Big East before taking all sports to Big Ten next year.

Line: Notre Dame by 11 1/2.

** Minnesota (4-4) at No. 8 Wisconsin (8-0), 9 a.m., ESPN

Badgers' last dance with wallflower before closing Big Ten season against Michigan and Penn State.

Line: Wisconsin by 20.

* Maryland (2-6) at North Carolina (3-4), 9 a.m., ESPN2

Um, this looked like a good game at August production meeting.

Line: North Carolina by 16.

** No. 25 Air Force (7-1) at Army (2-5), 9 a.m., FSW

Air Force ranked nationally but trails Wyoming in wacky WAC Mountain Division.

Line: Air Force by 12.

*** Colorado (6-2) at No. 18 Missouri (6-2), 9:30 a.m., FSW2

Reunion of famous "Fifth Down" game. Buffaloes' offense could use a few extra downs now.

Line: Missouri by 6.

*** Washington (5-3) at No. 21 Oregon (6-2), 12:30 p.m., Channel 7

The 100th fan to enter Autzen Stadium wins Ducks' starting tailback spot.

Line: Oregon by 6 1/2.

** Alabama (5-3) at Louisiana State (4-4), 12:30, p.m. Channel 2

In survey of nation's biggest football teases, LSU dubbed "Syracuse of the South."

Line: LSU by 9.

*** Mississippi State (5-2) at Kentucky (5-3), 3 p.m., ESPN2

Bulldogs need win to stay in SEC West race; Wildcats need to pad Tim Couch's passing stats.

Line: Kentucky by 7 1/2.

** Fresno State (3-5) at San Diego State (4-4), 4 p.m., Channel 7

Aztecs damaged WAC title hopes with loss to BYU; Fresno State damaged credibility by hiring Tarkanian.

Line: San Diego State by 1.

** Oklahoma (3-5) at No. 7 Texas A&M (8-1), 4 p.m. FX

A loss here and Sooner Coach John Blake can start cleaning out Barry Switzer's old desk.

Line: Texas A&M by 19.

*** No. 15 Syracuse (5-2) at West Virginia (4-3), 4:30 p.m., ESPN

In one swoop, Orangemen can strengthen hold on Big East lead and make the Mountaineers squirm for bowl bid.

Line: Syracuse by 2 1/2.

** Wyoming (7-1) at Colorado State (7-3), 6 p.m., ESPN2

ABC chiefs call emergency meeting to find out why so many WAC games being televised.

Line: Colorado State by 7.

* San Jose State (3-6) at Hawaii (0-8) (tape) 12:30 a.m., FSW2

"Last call for college football!"

Line: San Jose State by 7 1/2.

5 Things To Look For

1. Kansas State fans rooting for 7-2 Nebraska to romp against Iowa State. Say what? The Cornhuskers' slide is the worst thing that could have happened to Kansas State. The Wildcats needed a win over a 10-0 Nebraska on Nov. 14 to propel them to the top. At No. 4 in the BCS standings, a Kansas State win over a reeling Nebraska doesn't mean as much.

2. Travis Prentice holding on to the ball. The Miami of Ohio tailback trails only Texas' Ricky Williams for the national rushing race, averaging 160.5 yards a game in helping the 7-1 Redhawks to their best start in 21 years. The chance of Prentice fumbling against Northern Illinois on Saturday? Slim. He has 601 consecutive carries without a fumble.

3. Jim Everett hearing more footsteps. With 2,982 yards, Purdue sophomore quarterback Drew Brees needs 670 passing yards in three games to break Everett's school record of 3,651. With remaining games against Northwestern, Michigan State and Indiana, we like Brees' chances.

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