MIAMI – After a few days of uncertainty, Hurricane Matthew has moved away from Florida, which means that the Florida State football team is indeed headed south for its annual showdown with the Miami Hurricanes. Here’s a look at the names, numbers and notes you need to know before the Seminoles meet Miami.
No. 21 Florida State (3-2, 0-2 ACC) at No. 10 Miami (4-0, 1-0 ACC)
When/Where: Saturday, 8 p.m./Hard Rock Stadium (78,363) in Miami Gardens, Fla.
TV/Radio: ESPN/Seminole IMG Radio Network; FSU Broadcast Live Stream
Florida State injury report:
QB Sean Maguire (foot)
Out For Game
RB Johnathan Vickers (concussion)
DT Darvin Taylor II(shoulder)
DE Keith Bryant (foot)
DB Derwin James (knee)
Out For Season
WR George Campbell (core muscle)
Coach: Mark Richt (4-0 in first season at Miami, 149-51 overall)
Last game: The Hurricanes scored two defensive touchdowns to dispatch Georgia Tech, 35-21, in Atlanta. QB Brad Kaaya had an efficient day, completing 13 of 19 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Last game vs. Florida State: Dalvin Cook ran for 222 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 6:44 to go, to beat Miami 29-24, on Oct. 10, 2015.
Miami vs. Florida State all-time: Miami leads the all-time series 31-29, but FSU has won six straight. Since UM joined the ACC in 2004, FSU is 9-4 against the Hurricanes. The Seminoles are 19-16 against Miami in Miami.
FSU vs. Miami since 1990:
1990: No. 9 MIAMI 31, No. 2 Florida State 22
1991: No. 2 Miami 17, No. 1 FLORIDA STATE 16
1992: No. 2 MIAMI 19, No. 3 Florida State 16
1993: No. 1 FLORIDA STATE 28, No. 3 Miami 10
1994: No. 14 MIAMI 34, No. 3 Florida State 20
1995: No. 1 FLORIDA STATE 41, Miami 17
1996: No. 3 Florida State 34, No. 6 MIAMI 16
1997: No. 4 FLORIDA STATE 47, Miami 0
1998: No. 8 Florida State 26, MIAMI 14
1999: No. 1 FLORIDA STATE 31, Miami 21
2000: No. 4 MIAMI 27, No. 1 Florida State 24
2001: No. 2 Miami 47, No. 14 FLORIDA STATE 29
2002: No. 1 MIAMI 28, No. 9 Florida State 27
2003: No. 2 Miami 22, No. 5 FLORIDA STATE 14
2003: No. 10 Miami 16, No. 9 Florida State 14 (Orange Bowl)
2004: No. 5 MIAMI 16, No. 4 Florida State 10 (OT)
2005: No. 14 FLORIDA STATE 10, No. 9 Miami 7
2006: No. 11 Florida State 13, No. 12 MIAMI 10
2007: Miami 37, FLORIDA STATE 29
2008: Florida State 41, MIAMI 39
2009: Miami 38, No. 18 FLORIDA STATE 34
2010: No. 24 Florida State 45, MIAMI 17
2011: FLORIDA STATE 23, Miami 19
2012: No. 12 Florida State 33, MIAMI 20
2013: No. 3 FLORIDA STATE 3, No. 7 Miami
2014: No. 2 Florida State 30, MIAMI 26
2015: No. 8 FLORIDA STATE 29, Miami 24
2016: No. 21 Florida State at No. 10 MIAMI, Saturday, 8 p.m.
One offensive and defensive player from each team who could swing the game
Miami: Despite boasting one of the ACC’s top quarterback in Brad Kaaya, Miami’s offense is more centered around its running back tandem of Mark Walton and Joe Yearby. The two combine for an average of more than 190 yards per game and each is a capable receiver out of the backfield.
On defense, freshman end Joe Jackson has enjoyed a torrid start to his career, posting a team-high three sacks as well as four tackles for loss. The Hurricanes lead the nation with an average of 12 tackles for loss per game.
FSU: Dalvin Cook in recent weeks has reasserted himself as one of the top running backs in the nation. And, if history is any indication, he’ll have something special in store for the Hurricanes on Saturday. In two games against his hometown team, the former Miami Central star has accounted for 379 yards and five touchdowns. He enters this year’s game leading the nation in total yards from scrimmage (921).
Defensively, the Seminoles could use a big performance from senior cornerback Marquez White, who will likely see a heavy dose of UM’s top receiver, Stacy Coley. Coley averages more than 14 yards per catch.
Total offense: FSU: 508.8 YPG (17th nationally); UM: 474.3 YPG (36th)
Scoring offense: FSU: 41.4 PPG (22nd); UM: 47.0 PPG (4th)
Passing offense: FSU: 268.4 YPG (38th); UM: 241.8 YPG (61st)
Rushing offense: FSU: 240.4 YPG (20th); UM: 232.5 (24th)
Total defense: FSU: 438.4 YPG (94th); UM: 253.3 YPG (7th)
Scoring defense: FSU: 35.4 PPG (106th); UM: 11.0 PPG (2nd)
Passing defense: FSU: 247.2 YPG (84th); UM: 137.8 YPG (3rd)
Rushing defense: FSU: 191.2 YPG (97th ); UNC: 115.5 YPG (26th)
Number of note, courtesy of Pro Football Focus: It’s no surprise, but Florida State’s offense this season has been using the run to set up the pass. Consider that quarterback Deondre Francois’ completion percentage jumps up by 18.9 points when throwing off of play-action. That’s the third-highest increase in the nation. UM’s Kaaya, meanwhile, actually sees his completion percentage drop by 8.9 points when throwing off of play-action.
“It’s just Miami. Just me thinking of Miami winning just irks my nerves.” – FSU RB Dalvin Cook
“It feels different all week. You can just feel it with the coaches and the players. They just know what time it is. This is Miami week, man. It don’t get no bigger than this. This is one of the games you came to Florida State to play in.” – more from Cook
“I’ve been taking it one week a time and, next thing you know, it’s Miami.” – FSU QB Deondre Francois
“It kind of sticks with you. You try not to think about it, but every once in a while you catch yourself thinking about it.” – UM QB Brad Kaaya on Miami’s six-game losing streak to FSU, particularly the last two games in which he played.
“Mutual, mutual respect. We knew, and I say ‘we,’ when I was at Florida State as a coach, we knew Miami was the real deal, and I think Miami knew Florida State was, as well.
“Florida State at one time was dominating the ACC. Miami was dominating the Big East, and Florida was dominating the SEC as much as you could with Coach (Steve) Spurrier. So between those three teams, somebody was going to the national championship game, and everybody played each other, at least Miami played Florida State and Florida.
“So anyway, everybody was playing each other I think back at that time, and there was just some monumental wars that were determining not just — it wasn’t determining a conference championship, it was determining whether you were going to play in the BCS National Championship game, and it was something to behold.” – UM coach Mark Richt on his memories of the FSU-Miami rivalry
The last time Florida State was an underdog against Miami, Jimbo Fisher was in his first year as head coach and the Seminoles were looking to reestablish their place among college football’s elite. This was the first signature win of the Fisher era, as well as the first win in a current six-game streak over the Hurricanes. Hard to believe it’s been six years already.
Ryan S. Clark of Warchant.com takes a look at Mavin Saunders’ recent emergence.
Bob Ferrante of the Osceola caught up with Bobby Bowden and Dennis Erickson to reminisce on the 25th anniversary of the infamous “Wide Right” game in 1991.
In what’s become an annual tradition, Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat looks back on what life was like in 2009, the last time Miami beat Florida State.
George Richards of the Miami Herald writes that this is the biggest week of Mark Richet’s tenure at UM.
Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post talked to former FSU receiver Ron Dugans, who is now the receivers coach at Miami.
David Villavicencio of HurricaneSports.com offers the UM perspective on the storied rivalry.
Both teams are hungry for a win, albeit for different reasons. Florida State needs a victory to turn things around after two losses in the last three weeks. Miami needs one to prove to itself – and the nation – that it is ready reclaim its position in both the state and national hierarchy.
While the Hurricanes are off to a hot start in Richt’s first year, FSU ought to be the best team that UM has faced this year. The Seminoles, meanwhile, have been through a gauntlet of three ranked teams and some of the most talented quarterbacks in college football.
The important question, then, is how FSU has responded to that stretch. If the Seminoles prove to battle-tested and an improved team because of their experiences, then they could be in good position to handle a tough test from the Hurricanes.