Florida State Seminoles open as favorite against Miami in historic rivalry game

Florida State Seminoles Carrying “Noles” Sign Across Football Field – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Tony Strong

It’s official, Miami vs. Florida State week is here. 

As thousands of fans prepare to watch one of the biggest rivalries in college football history go head-to-head on Saturday evening, several sports followers have predicted that Florida State will take home the win.

The Florida State Seminole’s victory against Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon was anything but smooth. However, as they say, a win is a win for a reason, and that was exactly what Florida State needed following a three-game loss to North Carolina State, Wake Forest, and Clemson. Mike Norvell, Florida State’s head coach, and his team are one win away from making it to bowl eligibility for the first time since he started coaching in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Seminoles could achieve their goal as soon as this upcoming weekend when the team travels down south to face its rival, Miami, at the Hard Rock Stadium. This past weekend, the Hurricanes walked out of Virginia with a 14-12 victory over the Cavaliers that took a shocking four overtime periods to decide. Neither team was able to score a touchdown during the contest as head coach Mario Cristobal was put up against a wall and forced to put in quarterback Jake Garcia with starter Tyler Van Duke sidelined due to injury.

Opening odds were released for college football’s week 10 games on Sunday afternoon. According to Circa Sports, Florida State opens up as a 7-point favorite over the Canes. The Over/Under is set at 46.5 points.

All in all, Miami has been defeated in four of their last six games, including home losses to Duke (45-21) and Middle Tennessee State (45-31). Miami has found it difficult to find consistency on either side of the ball. In their win against the Cavaliers, Garcia completed 15/29 passes for a total of 125 yards with zero interceptions or touchdowns. Transfer running back Henry Parish Jr. hit in 24 carries for 113 yards and is Miami’s leading rusher by a large margin on the season.

Although the Hurricanes’ defense is ranked No. 35 in the nation, they allow 5.75 yards per play. Leading Miami with 41 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks is redshirt sophomore Corey Flagg Jr. This season, sophomore Kamren Kinchins has recorded a team-high three interceptions.

According to DraftKings, FSU is favored by eight points over the Hurricanes. 

After Florida State beat Miami seven years in a row from 2010 to 2016, the hurricanes turned around and beat Florida State four years in a row from 2017 to 2020. In 2021, FSU made a comeback in a close game and beat the Canes 31-28.

Miami leads 35 to 31 in their all-time series.

On Saturday, November 5, Florida State and Miami will face off at 7:30 p.m. ABC will broadcast the game.

Make sure you are staying up-to-date with the latest and most important Florida news with Florida Insider. Whether you are interested in business, education, government, history, sports, real estate, nature, weather, or travel: we have something for everyone. Follow along for the best stories in the Sunshine State.