The Big Board: Bye week blunders

Through a month of fall camp and nine weeks of games, Florida State eagerly awaited some time off, but few players were naive enough to assume the bye week would represent much of a vacation.

With a Thursday night game against Virginia Tech looming, and FSU's place atop the Atlantic Division standings hanging in the balance, there didn't figure to be much time to deviate from the preparations.

"I feel like it's not a break because of the Thursday game, but you've just got to be tough," Nick Waisome said before FSU dominated Duke in the last of nine straight games without an off week. "It's part of the game."

But it's not just the short week of prep time for Virginia Tech that should have Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles' attention. Recent history suggests the bye hasn't done Florida State any favors.

In the last 11 seasons, Florida State is just 5-5* coming off a bye, including an 0-2 mark with Fisher. (*There was no bye week in 2004.)

"I haven't thought about it, but it's a good stat to know," Fisher said. "But this is a different team."

While the down time certainly represents a chance for some injured players to get healthy -- James Wilder Jr. and Menelik Watson are two who have been held out of practices this week -- it can also provide an opportunity for the focus of the team to wane.

A look back at Fisher's two losses following the bye week offers some evidence of the latter.