Coaches Golden and Fisher ready for a showdown

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Mutual respect was the theme on this week's ACC Teleconference

Saturday's showdown between FSU and Miami is just three days from reality. As the teams prepare, each coach has been working on sharpening their team's focus to a fine point.

Jimbo Fisher knows his team is a heavy favorite, but the Seminoles have been prepared and honed in all season long.

Fisher praised of his team's maturity.  If ever there was a time to celebrate a win, it was after destroying then #3 ranked Clemson.  But Fisher quickly discounted the notion.

"I am very excited about the way our team played last week about NC State.  I'm proud of the way our guys practiced coming off of the Clemson game."

Fisher pointed out that leaders like senior CB Lamarcus Joyner gives FSU that edge.

"He has a true burning desire to be a great player.  He is a tremendous leader.  He loves everything about football."

On this week's opponent, the FSU coach warned his team would need to play at the same high level they brought to death valley.

"Miami is a great team and very well coached. Stephen Morris is a great player,  the two tight ends 46 and 82 do a great job.... They have play makers at every position."

On facing Miami's two-headed running attack of Dallas Crawford and Duke Johnson, Fisher was also wary but confident.

"We feel good.  Our guys are doing a good job at the line of scrimmage. I like where we're at in our run defense but it's going to be a great challenge. We're not having a lot of eye violations....  You got to beat blockers and make tackles in space.  We are going to have to rally to the ball."

Al Golden's team too has been preparing hard.  Golden called the showdown, "A great opportunity for our program."

"We're going to need a lot of our position players, like Anthony Chickillo, Denzel Perryman, and Jimmy Gaines to lead.  We are going to have to draw on our leadership and unity."

Golden continued,

"We have to do a lot of things better then we did last Saturday. We have to stop a lot of things. Hopefully we have learned a lot from adversity that can help us focus."

The Canes will also have speedy WR Rayshawn Scott back for the first time since week 2 after breaking his collarbone. They will need his production to keep up with the high scoring Noles and Golden is happy to have him back in action.

"He's in good condition, it's good to get him back. He's played a lot of football for us."

Two of the best in the business have diligently prepared their squads.  Look for a donnybrook to break out this weekend, despite what the pundits and folks in Vegas think.

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