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Miami-Florida State: A Rivalry Renewed

Curtis Stevenson
October 05, 2018 - 3:31 pm

It is the game most fans circle when the schedule comes out every year.

Whether you’re a Miami Hurricane or Florida State Seminole fan, this is the big one. Over the years it has defined legacies and tipped the scales in a pursuit of a national championship. So many memories along with so much elation and heartbreak on both sides, has shaped this match up into one of the greatest rivalries in college football. This will be the 63rd meeting between the two teams as Miami holds a slight 32-30 edge.

Recently, it has been one sided as the team from Tallahassee won 7 straight until last year. Known as "The Rally In Tally" quarterback Malik Rosier found wide receiver Darrell Langham for a 23 yard touchdown catch with six seconds left to pull out a 24-20 victory. It would reaffirm that Miami was on the way back to competing with the top teams in the country. This time around the Canes have a new signal caller in red-shirt freshman N'kosi Perry who got his first start a week ago against North Carolina. I thought he was poised and did not look overwhelmed on a national stage. He was solid, going 8-12 for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also fumbled once. Ball security is something that he will be reminded of, but overall he ran the offense effectively and got the ball where it needed to go. The story of the game was Manny Diaz and his defense wreaking havoc all over Hard Rock Stadium. North Carolina was stunned and shocked by the pressure Miami brought and constantly harassed both quarterbacks the Tar Heels used.

When the smoke cleared, the Hurricanes brought out the turnover chain six times in a 47-10 thrashing of the team from Chapel Hill. It was a great start in conference play, especially against a team that has given Miami a lot of problems in recent years. Now, back to the Seminoles, who come in struggling at 3-2, but picked up a come from behind road victory at Louisville last week. They have many issues under first year coach Willie Taggert, but the most glaring is their inability to move the ball consistently and score points. The Noles rank 96th in total offense and 109th in Scoring offense. Those are numbers that you would never associate with the Seminoles. I believe they still have a lot of talent on that roster, and at some point if they don't pack it in, they are going to gel and be the Noles of old. Historically, the key to this game is which team can run the ball and I think that will be Miami. Both running backs, Dee Jay Dallas and Travis Homer, have found their stride and as a team they are ripping off 213 yards on the ground per game.

Florida State has been horrendous trying to get the running game going, netting only 98 yards per game. I think this will continue this week, and as Miami forces FSU's offense into third and long situations, the turnover chain will make a few more appearances. That being said, we all know how this rivalry is and expect the unexpected when these two teams meet.

There is a whole bunch of history in this game, and we might see some more come Saturday. Go Canes!!

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