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Miami At FSU In A Big ACC Game

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Miami at FSU in a big ACC game, the Hurricanes will come to the State Capital of Florida, the #7 ranked and unbeaten Canes will take on the #3 rated Florida State Seminoles in a game that brings back memories of Canes-Noles classics of yesteryear.

For years during the era of Bobby Bowden at FSU and coaches such as Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson, and Butch Davis at Miami, the Miami-FSU game was always a big one. So many times these games had a huge bearing on the national championship that it is difficult to count them all without looking them up.

There was the 1987 game when FSU led 19-3 only to give up 23 straight points to fall behind by seven. They scored a late touchdown but decided against tying the game and instead went for two. The pass for the two-point conversion was broken up in the end zone and Miami won 26-25. The Canes then went on to win it all for the second times in five seasons.

In 1991, there was maybe the best game in series history, the one known as “Wide Right I”. Florida State was driving for a game-winner in the waning seconds when Gerry Thomas, who had three field goals already in the 17-16 game, missed with less than a minute to go. Bobby Bowden thought the kick was good and when the officials waved “no good” his shocked expression said it all. The Canes again won a national title that season.

The following season, Dan Mowrey missed a potential game tying field goal in “Wide Right II”. At least this time the Canes were beaten in the national championship deciding bowl game by the Alabama Crimson Tide.

There have been five “Wide Rights” in the series and a “Wide Left”. All six games were won by the Hurricanes. The Seminoles won a game in 2005 when the Hurricanes botched a late field goal try to tie the game.

Since that game, the Seminoles have taken six of the last eight games in the series, including the last three in a row.

In this year’s contest, with both teams 7-0 an both in the top ten, one would think this would be a tossup. But no, it is anything but according to oddsmakers. Florida State is as much as a 22 point favorite with sportsbooks. This is because of super freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who has emerged as a Heisman Trophy front-runner.

Winston had led FSU to some serious routs of some pretty good teams such as the Clemson Tigers (54-17), Maryland Terrapins (63-0) and NC State Wolfpack (49-17). Florida State looks like one of maybe two or three teams that has a shot at stopping the Alabama national championship streak this season.

Meanwhile, although they are unbeaten, the Canes have struggled to pull out wins against mediocre teams such as the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. They trailed both of those games late into the fourth quarter before pulling them out.

I have seen too many of these rivalry games to think FSU is going to just show up and take this one easily. Miami will be pumped up for this game. As we have seen, this is a rivalry where the records do not matter. The previous games do not matter. I have a hard time believing any FSU Miami game should have a 22-point spread attached, especially when the underdog is 7-0 and ranked #7.

Do I expect Miami to win? No. Will I be shocked if Miami wins? No. I will be a bit surprised, but not shocked. I fully expect this game to be in doubt late into the fourth quarter. My pick is FSU wins 34-28. If they drop in the polls because of it the polls should be ashamed. Any win over an unbeaten #7 ranked rival should move a team ahead in the polls. But not covering a 22 point spread may hurt them a bit.

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