Forget the odds in Canes vs. FSU
The Sports Brothers | 10/31/2013, 9 a.m.
One of the best-storied rivalries in college football appears to have been reborn in the Sunshine State. As the seconds ticked off this past Saturday at Sun Life Stadium all of South Florida knew that for the first time in a decade Miami and
Florida State would meet as top-10 unbeaten teams.
Miami held on to the No. 7 spot in the AP Top 25, while maintaining the No. 6 spot in the coaches poll. Florida State, which had a 49-17 win over N.C. State on Saturday, held steady at No. 3 in both the AP poll and the coaches poll behind Alabama and Oregon. So here we are at Canes-FSU week. Let the trash talking begin. So many great players, so many legendary names and unforgettable games. Wide right one, two and three I remember the intensity in each game vividly.
At press time Florida State was a whopping 22-point favorite going into Saturday night’s showdown in Tallahassee. At least the oddsmakers believe in the Noles and why not ? They have been dominant in every phase of the game all season
while Miami has struggled against lesser competition. Still, in this heated rivalry none of that matters. It is Miami against Florida State. Throw out the records, trends or any of the overly analyzed mumbo jumbo. The team with the most heart and grit will will win this game. It's the seventh time in series history Miami-FSU will be featured on GameDay and considering all Miami has endured with the recently-concluded NCAA investigation, Al Golden's boys deserve some shine.
“With all respect, there has been more national exposure over the last 28 months than any of us can handle,” Golden said last Saturday, referring to the investigation. “If it's about football, we're all in. We're all in.” Well Coach so are we. Most folks expect the Canes to get mopped up by FSU and that is understandable.
But I’ve learned when it comes to Miami and Florida State, expect the unexpected. Anything can happen and in typical UM-FSU fashion, it usually does.
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