Longtime rivals renewed on Saturday
Put on your war paint because there’s going to be a battle. FSU heads down to The U.
A classic rivalry game graces televisions nationwide as 3-2 Florida State looks to play “upset” against the 4-1 Miami Hurricanes. For the first time in a long time the Seminoles are coming in as a double-digit underdog, according to odds released by Vegas Insider, and stats are there to back up that statement this year.
Miami is averaging 44.2 points per game while allowing 16.8 to opposing teams. On the flip side FSU averages 22.2 points per game while allowing 24.6. Total yards vastly differ between the two teams as Miami has a balance systsystem216.8 passing yards and 213.4 rushing yards while FSU tends to favor the pass with 275.4 passing yards and 97.4 rushing yards over the course of five games.
On paper, Miami looks to run all over the Noles with an 88.5% change of winning based on ESPN’s match-up predictor. Yet, this is an in-state rivalry match.
FSU radiates a gritty, “never give up” attitude, including last week when they came back to win over unranked Louisville. Quarterback Deondre Francois continues to build momentum throughout all games played this season.
Canes quarterback N’Kosi Perry gets his second start this Saturday. Flashing moments of promise and poise against UNC while also having some not so good plays, mainly a result of inexperience, Perry should be a key factor in such a big competition between the two Florida schools.
FSU has not lost in Miami Gardens since 2004 and was on a solid win streak against Miami from 2010-2016 with Miami breaking up that streak and winning by four points in 2017. This game is a definite must watch that will come down to the final possessions.
The game will air on ABC at 3:30pm, Saturday October 6th.
I predict the University of Miami to come out on top with a late 4th quarter surge to win the battle 32-24.