Tale of the Tape: 'Canes vs. 'Noles

Florida State enters Saturday's rivalry contest with Miami on a four-game winning streak and ready to make it five. As an added incentive, the 'Noles can keep the 'Canes a victory shy of bowl eligibility.

The Matchup

Florida State (6-3, 4-2 ACC) takes aim at its fifth consecutive victory Saturday against rival Miami (5-4, 3-3) at Doak Campbell Stadium. ...

The Seminoles attained bowl eligibility for the 30th consecutive season, extending their nation-leading streak with a 38-7 win at Boston College on Nov. 3. ...

The Hurricanes rebounded from a one-score loss to Virginia with a 49-14 rout of Duke on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. ...

Both teams cling to distant hopes of winning their respective Atlantic and Coastal divisions, making this an elimination game. Still, both teams must win out and get help in order to advance to the ACC Championship Game. ...

Florida State is rolling along offensively at a decade-best clip. The Seminoles have scored 30 or more points in six consecutive games for the first time since the 2000 season. ...

In addition to its offensive prowess, FSU's resurgent defense has climbed the national rankings. The 'Noles rank fourth nationally in total defense (268.0 yards allowed per game), seventh in scoring defense (15.8 points allowed per game) and third in rushing defense (78.9 yards allowed per game). ...

Miami will challenge the FSU defense with an offense that's averaging 385.2 yards and 30.7 points per game. ...

The Hurricanes enter the game a win shy of bowl eligibility. ...

The Seminoles and Hurricanes have played just two common opponents through nine games: Maryland and Duke. FSU is 2-0, defeating Maryland and Duke by identical 41-16 scores. Miami is 1-1, having lost to Maryland 32-24 in the season opener before dispatching Duke last week.

The Series

Florida State and Miami meet for the 56th time in the storied series, which dates back to 1951. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 31-24. ...

The Seminoles, however, have won seven of the last nine meetings between the two schools. ...

Florida State holds a 4-3 lead in the Atlantic Coast Conference games against the Hurricanes. ...

FSU used last season's 45-17 win at Miami to take a 17-16 series lead in road games with the 'Canes. FSU is just 7-14 against Miami in Tallahassee and 0-1 in neutral-site meetings, albeit that neutral-site loss came in the Orange Bowl, which is the Hurricanes' current home. ...

Be sure to read my

Scalp 'Em

Last season's 28-point win at Miami snapped a streak of nine consecutive games decided by one score in the series. ...

Despite its recent run of success at Miami's expense, Florida State is vying for its first victory over the Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium since a 10-7 triumph in 2005.

The Coaches

Florida State: Second-year coach Jimbo Fisher has an all-time record of 16-7, including a 10-4 mark in Atlantic Coach Conference play. Fisher led the Seminoles to a 10-4 record in 2010, which included a 6-2 league mark, as FSU won the Atlantic Division title.

Miami: Al Golden is 5-4 in his first season at the helm of the Hurricanes. Now in his sixth season as a head coach, he has a 32-38 career mark, which includes a five-year run at Temple.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


Nole Digest Top Stories