College Football Saturday: It is PrimeTime and the No. 12 Hurricanes hope to beat FSU for 4th straight time

This is not the 1980’s or the 1990’s when Miami and FSU were two of the most elete teams on the planet. But this is about two programs doing their best to live up to the history or each storied programs.

Here is a quick breakdown of what is at stake tonight in primetime on ESPN/ABC.

Florida State (0-1, 0-1 ACC) at No. 12 Miami (2-0, 1-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

Line: Miami by 11.

Series record: Miami 34-30.


Both teams are trying to bounce back from disappointing seasons in 2019, and Miami is off to the better start, with an upset win last week at No. 18 Louisville vaulting them to No. 12. That’s the highest they’ve been ranked since the 2018 preseason polls. Seminoles first-year coach Mike Norvell will miss the game because he was diagnosed last week with the coronavirus and is in quarantine. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will fill in. The Hurricanes seek their fourth consecutive win in the rivalry, which would be their longest winning streak since 2000-04, when they beat Florida State six times in a row.


A Florida State defensive led by tackle Marvin Wilson and cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. will try to contain a Miami attack led by D’Eriq King, a senior transfer from Houston who threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns against Louisville. The Hurricanes are averaging 490 yards per game and 7.1 per play. Florida State gave up 438 yards in a 16-13 loss to Georgia Tech.


Florida State: Junior Tamorrion Terry decided to skip the NFL draft and return for another season. He caught six passes for 52 yards against Georgia Tech and has 101 career receptions.

Miami: Junior Cam’Ron Harris rushed for 134 yards in each of the first two games. He has had runs of 75 and 66 yards, has scored three times and is averaging 10.3 yards per carry.


Up to 13,000 fans will be allowed in the Hurricanes’ 65,326-seat stadium. … The last time the teams met in Miami, in 2018, the Hurricanes overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to win 28-27. … Hurricanes graduate transfer Jose Borregales kicked four field goals last week, including a school-record 57-yarder. … The Seminoles tied a school record with three blocked kicks against Tech. Wilson blocked two field goal tries. … James Blackman ranks 10th in FSU history with 42 touchdown passes, and his 5,277 yards passing rank 12th. … Samuel had two interceptions in the season opener.


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