For the seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes, knocking off the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles would be the biggest win for third-year head coach Al Golden.
When the two teams square off in Tallahassee this Saturday night, one team will leave with a blemish on their record and the other will continue their quest for a national championship.
Hurricanes’ freshman receiver Stacy Coley told CBS, “It’s just another game.”
The fact is, this isn’t any other game. The Florida State-Miami rivalry is unparalleled. Florida State is considered by Miami fans as their “little brothers” and the Hurricanes are often referred to as the inventors of “swag.” Furthermore, this game will have national championship implications.
With arguably the best quarterback in all of college football, FSU showcases style and hasn’t had any problem hanging points on their opponents. In their last three games, the ‘Noles have outscored the opposition, 163-21.
Through his first seven games, Seminoles’ quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown for 2,177 yards. Couple that with 23 touchdowns and you have a player that finds himself a Heisman frontrunner – as only a freshman.
Yet, when it comes to rivalries, toss stats out the window.
The Hurricanes are in a position that nobody expected them to be in right now – undefeated. Through old school smashmouth football, they have consistently moved their way up the polls, thanks to a little luck and a couple of clutch last-minute drives.
But the ‘Canes haven’t beaten FSU since 2009, thanks to an incomplete pass in the final seconds of the game. It what may come to a surprise to Hurricanes’ fans, the Seminoles opened up as 21-point favorites, a number that may seem rather high to some.
However, Saturday night will mark the first time since 2004 that both programs find themselves ranked in the top 10. The atmosphere will be electric and ESPN’s College Gameday will make their presence known.
The stage will be big and all of America will be watching. The players wouldn’t have it any other way.
No. 3 Florida State Seminoles
- Record: 7-0 (5-0 ACC), 1st ACC Atlantic
- Pass offense: 12th
- Rush offense: 25th
- Pass defense: 1st
- Rush defense: 30th
No. 7 Miami Hurricanes
- Record: 7-0 (3-0 ACC), 1 ACC Coastal
- Pass offense: 39th
- Rush offense: 24th
- Pass defense: 17th
- Rush defense: 40th
When: Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 2013, 8:00 pm ET
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
*stats courtesy of CBS Sports*