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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been happy with his defense’s progress over the past month, but a true indication of how much improvement the unit has made could come today at Syracuse.

The 17th-ranked Seminoles (7-3, 4-3 ACC) have struggled against teams that run up-tempo offenses. The Orange (4-6, 1-5) come until the game averaging 79.3 offensive plays per game under first-year coach Dino Babers, which is an average of 16 more plays per game than last year. They also average one snap every 21.4 seconds on offense.

FSU has already faced three teams — Ole Miss (16.3 seconds). South Florida (21.1 seconds) and North Carolina (21.5 seconds) — that averaged a snap in under 22 seconds. The Seminoles are 2-1 in those games but fell behind in all three. Miami also went up tempo at times as it built a double-digit lead only to see FSU rally to win in the fourth quarter. In all four games, communication problems and missed assignments were common.

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