Taggart returning to Bluegrass State for conference matchup, not homecoming

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- This weekend is the closest Florida State will be all season to Willie Taggart's Old Kentucky Home, with the University of Louisville only a short hour and 40 minute drive away from his alma mater of Western Kentucky University.

WKU is where the Seminoles head man has spent the lion share of his life in college football, as both a player and a coach. But, don't expect a homecoming in the Bluegrass State, as he's made it clear this weekend is a business trip.

"People I know up there, that I'm friends with, I'm sure I'll have some time to see them and spend that time with them in the offseason but we're going up there for one reason and that's to win a ball game," he said on Monday.

And as the meat of FSU's ACC schedule begins, Taggart is stressing the importance of every game, but also acknowledges the Noles recent struggles against UofL.

"It's important because it's the next game it's important because it's an ACC game a division game for us and it's important because it's a team we haven't beat in two years so it's important for a lot of reasons," Taggart said. "We need to win."

Those prior losses include a Bluegrass beatdown in Louisville in 2016 and a heartbreaking loss at Doak Campbell Stadium last year.

However, with his first showdown with the Cardinals at FSU approaching, Taggart has remained upbeat and hopeful that his team can use their outing against Northern Illinois as a springboard for success.

"I would say this weekend hopefully started last week," he said. "It was the turning point for our guys to get a win back at home. We can build off of what we did last week.

"We understand it's going to be tough but we also know what we're capable of doing and we haven't played that way yet and we're looking forward to doing that," Taggart continued.

The Noles and Cards kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN2.

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