Found October 31, 2013 on
Jameis Winston and Florida State will look to improved to 8-0 by downing rival Miami. (Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)
Seminoles look to down rival Miami in top 10 match-up
For the first time since 2004, Miami and Florida State will meet as top 10 teams on Saturday as each will head into the contest at Doak Campbell Stadium with a perfect 7-0 record. Florida State has won three straight in the series, but the Hurricanes are 4-2 in their last six trips to Tallahassee.
Miami enters the contest ranked seventh in the country. The Hurricanes have had to survive in each of the last two weeks, but have done so with last minute touchdowns to beat both North Carolina and Wake Forest. After going just 3-5 over the previous two seasons, Miami is 3-0 in games decided by six points or less this year.
Third-ranked Florida State is coming off of a dominating victory over N.C. State on Saturday. The Seminoles won 49-17 to avenge their only ACC loss from 2012, but the final score was actually closer than the game was. Florida State tied a school-record with 35 first quarter points and built a 42-0 lead at the half. In ACC games this season, Florida State is 5-0 and winning by an average margin of about 35 points-per-game.
In last season’s meeting at Sun Life Stadium, Florida State rallied from an early 10-0 hole to down Miami 33-20. E.J. Manuel passed for 229 yards in the victory as Florida State overcame 121 yards in penalties to win at Miami for a fourth straight time. Devonta Freeman scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to put the Hurricanes away.
The good news for Miami is that the visiting team in 6-1 in the last seven games of this series. Miami fell 23-19 to the Seminoles two years ago in Tallahassee, but had won the previous two at Doak Campbell Stadium. Florida State has not beat the Hurricanes in four straight seasons since winning five in a row from 1995 to 1999. For the Seminoles to make it four straight over Miami, here are Saturday’s keys to Seminole success:
To have and to hold…the football
In a rivalry game like the one on Saturday, turnovers will play a major factor and that is why it will be critical for Florida State to take care of the football. The Seminoles have turned it over just five times all season with four coming on Jameis Winston interceptions and the other being a James Wilder Jr. fumble. With Florida State having a raucous home crowd and being a three-touchdown favorite, the Seminoles cannot allow Stephen Morris and the Miami offense a short field or the Hurricanes in general to gain early confidence by playing from ahead.
Duke it out!
The one playmaker that Miami has that could absolutely give the Florida State defense fits is sophomore running back Duke Johnson. Johnson has great versatility and ranks second in the ACC with 823 rushing yards. Johnson finished with just 27 yards on nine carries against the Seminoles a season ago, but look for Miami to make a more concerted effort to get Johnson the ball in space and on screens. To slow down Johnson, Florida State will need a strong night from its defensive front, but in the passing game, quicker linebackers like Telvin Smith and Terrance Smith will need to blanket the explosive sophomore.
Keep Jameis famous
Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is making a strong case to become the second freshman in as many years to take home the Heisman Trophy and he should have the opportunity to have a big night against the Miami secondary on Saturday. While the Hurricanes are 7-0, they have struggled mightily against the pass this season. Miami gave up better than 300 yards passing to Wake Forest’s Tanner Price last week after yielding 297 to North Carolina’s Bryn Renner the week before. Earlier in the season, the Miami defense allowed a career-high 291 yards passing to Florida’s Jeff Driskel. Winston will be by far the best quarterback that the Hurricanes have seen this season and Winston is surrounded by a number of weapons. Look for the touted freshman to look to get going early and get the supporting cast of wide receivers Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin all involved as well as tight end Nick O’Leary.
Florida State Football: Miami game preview
Florida State Football: A lean, “Greene” TD machine
Florida State Football: Bowden’s return brings back old memories
BEST OF MAXIM
Jameis Winston walked into the room to talk with me for a few minutes and, seeing where we were planning to sit, started moving a mess of chairs around to clear a spot.
That might not sound like a big deal, but just know this: It doesn't happen with star athletes. Winston is the phenomenon of college football, a redshirt freshman quarterback leading Florida State in a national...
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has taken the college football world by storm this season. His play has the Seminoles ranked No. 3 in the nation, himself a front runner for the Heisman trophy, and all eyes looking and waiting to see what sort of magic he will pull of next.
With a big game coming up this weekend with in-state rival Miami he is getting the media attention...
Florida State and Miami are both undefeated entering Saturday’s game between the teams in Tallahassee, but there’s no doubt who’s expected to win. The Seminoles are favored by 21 points, which is the largest spread for two top-10 teams meeting this late in the year since 1980, per pregame.com. But Jameis Winston, who has been […]
James Winston and Florida State have been all smiles this season. Next up, Miami. Photo: USA Today Sports
Miami may not be "back," but their opponent this weekend sure looks like they are. Florida State has climbed the rankings this season and now sits in a prime position to play for their first BCS title since the dawn of the BCS era. Although Oregon recently took...
If you haven’t heard, this Jameis Winston kid at Florida State is a pretty good football player. As such, it looks like he’s starting to get some “royal” treatment from his fan base.
While he may not yet have achieved the same level of popularity as Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, some Seminoles fans have created a pretty clever shirt to draw comparisons to the two. ...
A year ago, Geno Smith was the Heisman Trophy favorite as we reached the season's midpoint -- but we all know how that turned out. Even the player who took the lead from him, Collin Klein, didn't leave Times Square in December with the 25-pound chunk of history in hand.
The point here, is that while it looks like the trophy is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota's to...
No big-time college football game gets past the guys over at NMA. The Taiwanese animation studio has released yet another short clip to help preview this Saturday’s matchup between Florida State and Miami (FL). They take shots at ESPN’s Lee Corso for being old and Seminoles QB Jameis Winston for saying that the game is “a battle of brothers”. Enjoy:
There's one way to stop the Florida State offense from reaching its average of 52.6 points per game - keep quarterback Jameis Winston and company on the sidelines.
That's the goal for No. 7 Miami when the Hurricanes travel to Tallahassee for a showdown with the third-ranked Seminoles on Saturday.
Most of that responsibility will fall on the shoulders of running back Duke...
The big game in college football this weekend is in Tallahassee, Florida. The University of Miami Hurricanes will take on the Florida State Seminoles at 7 PM. This is a huge game for both teams. If Miami wins, the whole nation will now take them seriously. If Florida State wins, they make their case for being in the National Championship game even stronger.
We’re probably looking...
With the Ducks idle there is still college football to watch, some of it with major Duck implications.
#3 Florida State hosts #7 Miami Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. Pacific on ABC, both teams 7-0 and undefeated. If FSU wins, they are likely to get a bump that nudges them above Oregon in this week's BCS poll, although the Ducks can swap paint and pass them with a win over #6 Stanford...
I’ve got to admit that I’m disappointed in my readers. The only crrrrrazzy comments I get are from Paco and I can’t really take him seriously no matter how vitriolic and strident he gets because of that one time where he put all of his personal information in a comment and his name wasn’t even Paco. Hi, Paco, if you’re reading this one. I’m disappointed in the lack of...
The prime time matchup of week ten involves two long-time rivals that have made a return to national prominence. Saturday night, the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles host the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes. This game between the Seminoles and Hurricanes has major national championship and ACC title implications. The rivalry has seemed to make a big time return this year with all that is at...
Al.com columnist Kevin Scarbinsky thinks Florida State would be a much tougher matchup for Alabama than the Oregon Ducks.
If the choices are Oregon or Florida State, the two teams who've swapped the No. 2 BCS ranking behind Alabama the last two weeks, it's no choice. Give the Tide the Ducks.
Why? Florida State has a much better chance to man up to Alabama.
FSU has SEC...
It’s been awhile, but the annual rivalry between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles this season again resembling its heyday of yesteryear. The annual grudge match for years was once the gold standard in college football, featuring legendary coaches and perennial powerhouse programs consistently striving to win national championships. Both teams enter this weekend’s...
WVUM’s Chris Wittyngham continues his series of previews with this week’s Top 10 matchup between the Hurricanes and the Seminoles.
In this space ahead of the Wake Forest game, I wrote the following:
“Miami needs to take this opportunity to work out the kinks that we’ve seen in the last three games against this Wake team at home. If they don’t, Miami could be in for a close...