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FSU, Boise closely watching Hurricane Dorian

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Florida State officials as well as those from Boise State are monitoring Hurricane Dorian, which brought heavy rain to Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

FSU’s season opener against Boise State remains on, as scheduled, for Saturday at 7 p.m.

“We continue to be in contact with the Governor’s Office, our partners in Jacksonville, and Boise State’s athletics department,” FSU spokesperson Rob Wilson said in a statement. “At this time there is no change in the status of the game. We will provide an update Thursday morning.”

Dorian’s track is difficult to project this far out, but forecasters are expecting landfall on Monday along Florida’s east coast. It’s projected that Dorian could be a Category 3 hurricane with maximum winds of 125 mph.

FSU administrators are expected to meet Thursday morning to discuss options for the game. There is also the potential that school administrators as well as ESPN officials could move the game up to Saturday afternoon. While ESPN offers a full slate of games on Saturday, there are no college football games slated for ESPN2. That could allow an agreeable afternoon time slot for FSU-Boise.

The two teams have different bye weeks so the game would likely only be made up if FSU and Boise didn’t play in their respective conference championship games on Dec. 7

‘Noles ‘can’t wait’

An offseason of hard work. More than three weeks of camp. Finally, game week.

Florida State players are eagerly anticipating the beginning of 2019 season on Saturday.

“I can’t wait,” FSU linebacker Jaiden Lars-Woodbey said on Wednesday. “But I know we’ve still got a little bit of work to do before we can go there. It’s like the treat at the end of the week, like the cake after you eat all the vegetables, all the food your mom tells you to eat. We’re just waiting, waiting for the dessert now.”

The first eight months have been filled with anxiety and anticipation for the Seminoles heading into Saturday’s game against Boise State. But there is also plenty of excitement over what FSU will show on offense under new coordinator Kendal Briles as well as on defense with a 3-4 scheme.

The Seminoles are also looking to build momentum with a strong performance in the opener.

“You always want to win the first game,” defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said. “If you come out and win that game, you are going to set the tone for the season.”

While last season was one where players were adjusting to a first-year coaching staff, they now are more comfortable and know what to expect. A younger team in 2018 has also gained experience and players say they are better prepared to handle adversity.

“I feel like we’ve got a lot of dudes with the right mindset this year,” Lars-Woodbey said. “Everybody has the same mindset of accomplishing something great and just helping Florida State get back to what it was before.”

But a popular word among the defensive players on Wednesday was “dominate.” It was said again and again. Wilson praised Boise State’s offensive line, which returns five starters, and said the group was physical but also said “if we go out and do what we do, we will dominate them.” A few steps away, Lars-Woodbey said the Seminoles’ goal is to dominate.

“That’s what we want to do,” Lars-Woodbey said. “That’s what we preach every day. You practice it so much, we’ve just got to go out and perform. And dominating is what Florida State defense is about. We’ve just got to bring that back and we’ve got the right guys to do it this year.”

Wilson’s knee is good

Marvin Wilson’s knee injury didn’t look good at the time. And the defensive tackle missed more than a week of practice before returning on Aug. 19. But the preseason All-American said his knee has not been a problem since his return.

“It has been good,” Wilson said. “All the time. 100 percent. Ready to go.”

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