Although Drew Weatherford struggled as much as Xavier Lee did last week, Bobby Bowden will start the more experienced Weatherford this week against Western Michigan, although both quarterbacks will play. It's expected the Seminoles have scripted Lee's involvement, possibly splitting each player in two-quarter segments to determine which one should start the finale against Florida. The Seminoles also want to involve Antone Smith as the featured back in the offense and try and establish a running game.
For all their injuries on the front line and linebacker corps, the Seminoles are 13th nationally in run defense, giving up only 80.5 yards per game. They rank 10th in total defense. Except for one series against Wake Forest, the defense has played hard and has not been the reason for the team's downfall.
Western Michigan must play with precision and without mistakes to be effective on offense. The Broncos were limited seven points in a Nov. 10 loss to Central Michigan as they lost two fumbles and an interception.
The Broncos have the No. 1 defense in the Mid-American Conference, allowing 286.3 yards per game. Western Michigan specializes in taking the ball away. It leads the league in turnovers forced (27) and interceptions (21).