By KATE MURRAY and MATT WAGNERAssociated PressFlorida State has a chance to extend its undefeated season in the SEC championship game against Georgia Tech on Sunday.
But the Seminoles need to win and Georgia Tech has a tough time beating a team ranked in the top 10 in the preseason AP Top 25.SEC West teams Alabama, Auburn and LSU are all ranked in a top 10 and all have beaten Florida State in the regular season.
The Seminoles are the defending champions and have a 10-3 record in the season series.
They have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including a 52-49 win at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta last year.
Georgia Tech has won four straight meetings with Florida State, including the last two in Tallahassee, where the Seminole defense forced eight turnovers.
The Bulldogs will be without star quarterback Tyler Bray, who missed the opener after injuring his left ankle in a game in which he completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards.
Bray is out with a right knee sprain.
Florida State’s quarterback competition is very deep with Florida’s Aaron Murray and junior quarterback Jalen Hurts among the top contenders.
Hurts, who was Florida State’s starting quarterback in 2015, has led the Seminoms to the top of the AP preseason rankings in three of the past four seasons.
Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, is third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Ohio State’s Joe Flacco and Baylor’s Bryce Petty.
Murray threw for 5,054 yards and 25 touchdowns last season and rushed for 2,942 yards and 24 touchdowns.
The Seminoles also scored a league-high 46 points in the second half against LSU in the Orange Bowl.
Hurt was 4 of 14 for 39 yards with an interception against LSU.