Ranked Miami football plays unranked FSU third time in four years

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 2: (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 2: (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

For the third time in the past four years, the ranked Miami football team will play unranked Florida State.

The ranked Miami football team plays unranked Florida State for the third time in four seasons. Miami enters the 2020 game ranked 12th in the AP media poll and 14th in the USA Today coaches poll. Florida State played Miami as a ranked team since they were 23rd and defeated 10th ranked Miami at Hard Rock Stadium in 2016.

Miami ended a seven-game losing streak as the 13th ranked team at Florida State 2017. Miami has to overcome a 27-7 deficit as the 17th ranked team to win at Hard Rock in 2018. Miami won 27-10 in a dominant performance by their defensive line last season without either team entering the game ranked.

Miami treated the Seminoles offensive line like a sieve with nine sacks. The last four seasons of the Florida State Miami football rivalry began with the end of the Jimbo Fisher era for the Seminoles through two seasons of Willie Taggart in 2018-19. The Mike Norvell era begins at Florida State without him coaching against Miami.

Norvell will miss his first Florida State Miami football game after an announcement was made last Saturday he tested positive for COVID-19. Norvell and the Seminoles lost 16-13 in his Florida State debut to Georgia Tech two weeks ago. FSU was off last week.

Last three Miami Florida State Games
622019-11-02SatMiami (FL)@Florida StateACCW27101732300W 3
612018-10-06SatMiami (FL) (17)Florida StateACCW2827131300W 2
602017-10-07SatMiami (FL) (13)@Florida StateACCW2420430300W 1Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, Florida

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Chris Thomsen a former Division II head coach at Abilene Christian will be the interim head coach for Florida State until Norvell is healthy enough to return. Thomsen guided Abilene to playoff appearances in his final five seasons. Offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham will call plays in Norvell’s absence.

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Miami is 6-0 all-time as a ranked team against Florida State. In addition to the last two years, the ranked Hurricanes defeated unranked Florida State as the sixth-ranked team 17-16 in 1983, number 18 Miami won 14-10 in 1973, as ninth-ranked 7-3 in 1962 and 20-7 in 1956.