Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has preached the importance of winning in-state rivalry games since taking the helm in 2010.
"It's a rivalry game, that's what you play for," Fisher said. "I think it's great for recruiting, and I think it's important for our kids that we put emphasis on those games and they're big in our program and we look [forward] to those games."
With a win at Miami on Saturday, Fisher headed back to Tallahassee with his unblemished record against those rivals still intact.
The 33-20 victory over the Canes' moved Fisher to a perfect 5-0 against rivals' Florida and Miami, and half the way towards keeping the state title with the reigning champs for a third consecutive year.
The 5-0 record is tied for the most consecutive victories over FSU's biggest rivals in school history. Legendary coach Bobby Bowden accomplished the feat just one time in his 34-year career at FSU and that was from 1977-1979.
It has officially been 1,058 days since the last time FSU was defeated by an in-state rival, which was against UF in 2009.
The Seminoles' currently have a three-game win streak against the Canes', making quarterback E.J. Manuel just the fifth QB in school history to notch two victories against UM under their belt.
"It's a huge thing," Manuel said after the game. "I think I won't realize it right now. But when I'm, 10, 15 years down the road I'll be able to say we beat Miami three years in a row and I beat them twice as a starter, so that's a huge accomplishment."
If FSU and UF can continue their success this season until meeting for the final regular season game, it could be the biggest showdown between the two since the 90's, and perhaps even bring the ESPN College-Gameday crew back to Tallahassee for a second time this season.