One of the best rivalries in college football gets an early rendition this season as the Florida State Seminoles (0-1) travel southeast to face the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes (2-0). College Gameday is attending their eighth ever FSU-Miami game and kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL on ABC.
These teams have met for the Florida Cup 64 times since 1951 with Miami holding a 34-30 lead. Miami has won three in a row including a 27-10 win in Tallahassee in 2019.
Florida State Betting Outlook: Defense to the Rescue
The Noles had the week off after losing at home 16-13 to ACC foe Georgia Tech in the opener. Head coach Mike Norvell will have to wait until next year to experience this storied rivalry after testing positive for COVID earlier in the week.
FSU’s defense will likely have to come up big for them to win in Miami. Asante Samuel Jr. had two interceptions against Georgia Tech and leads the secondary. Meanwhile DT Marvin Wilson had five sacks, 85.5 TFL and 44 tackles last year.
QB James Blackman was 23-for-43 for 198 yards against Georgia Tech. He had one touchdown and one interception while averaging just 4.6 ypa.
RB La’Damian Webb ran 13 times for 39 yards while Jordan Travis tallied 39 yards on just six carries. WR Tamorrion Terry caught six balls for 52 yards while Carmren McDonald added four catches for 41 yards.
Miami Betting Outlook: Don’t Hold Back
Miami won at home against UAB by 17 in the opener and then won at No. 16 Louisville 47-34 last Saturday. The offense is 15th in the nation at 39.0 ppg while averaging 488.5 yards per game.
QB D’Eriq King, a Houston transfer lit up Louisville for 325 passing yards and three touchdowns. In the two games he has completed 62% of his passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 92 yards and another TD.
RB Cam’ron Harris averaged 14.9 ypa against Louisville with nine carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. On the year he has 268 yards on 26 carries for 10.3 ypa while scoring three times
WR Brevin Jordan has 10 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns while Will Mallory and Javian Knighton also have receiving TDs.
Al Blades has the lone Miami interception and the defense has four sacks and 18 TFL. Miami has forced three fumbles while allowing 24.0 ppg.
Florida State Seminoles at Miami Hurricanes Betting Lines:
Miami line: -10.5 (-110) Miami money line: -400
Total: 53.5 points (over -110, under -110)
This series tends to go in cycles with Miami winning six straight at the turn of the 21st century before FSU won seven in a row to start the 2010s. Now it is Miami’s turn and while the Noles have a vaunted defense, they will be hard pressed to keep up with the Canes Saturday.
FREE BET: Miami -10.5 (-110)