#6 Florida State Seminoles (0-0) vs. #5 Miami Hurricanes (0-0)
Orange Bowl – Miami, Florida
September 10 – 8:00 PM Eastern on ABC
The game is the fourth straight in which both teams have been ranked in the top 10. Altogether, there have been 12 games in which both teams were ranked in the top 10, with the Hurricanes holding a 9-3 edge.
The Miami Hurricanes have won nine consecutive games over the Seminoles that have been decided by three points or less.
The University of Miami has won 16 consecutive night games in the Orange Bowl. Miami's last evening home loss at the OB was on September 19, 1998, when UM lost 27-20 to Virginia Tech in overtime.
Since the 2000 season Miami is 46-4 and Florida State is 38-14.
MIAMI HURRICANES - STARTERS
QB Brock Berlin TB Frank Gore FB Kyle Cobia TE Kevin Everett WR Ryan Moore WR Roscoe Parrish LT Eric Winston LG Tony Tella C Joel Rodriguez RG Tyler McMeans RT Chris Myers LE Baraka Atkins LT Orien Harris RT Santonio Thomas RE Javon Nanton WLB Tavares Gooden MLB Leon Williams SLB Roger McIntosh CB Antrel Rolle CB Kelly Jennings FS Brandon Meriweather SS Greg ThreatHURRICANE INJURY STATUS
OL Rashad Butler (Foot) Out CB Terrell Walden (ACL) OutRETURNING TEAM LEADERS
Passing – Brock Berlin (2419 yards 60% 12 TD 17 Int)
Rushing – Tyrone Moss (511 yards 4.8 avg 5 TD)
Receiving – Ryan Moore (44 rec 637 yards 3 TD)
Defense – Antrel Rolle (51 tackles, 2 Int), Thomas Carroll (51 tackles, 5 sacks)
Kicking – Jon Peattie (22-28 FG, 37-37 XP)
Passing – Chris Rix (3107 yards 57% 23 TD 13 Int)
Rushing – Leon Washington (387 yards 5.2 avg 1 TD)
Receiving – Craphonso Thorpe (51 rec 994 yards 11 TD) Chris Davis (23 rec 264 yards 2 TD)
Defense – B.J. Ward (80 tackles, 1 Int) Jerome Carter (78 tackles, 2 Int)
Kicking – Xavier Beitia (19-25 FG, 50-51 XP)
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS - 2003
Florida State – Passing Offense (269.6)
Miami – Passing Defense (140.9)
Florida State – Rushing Defense (119.4)
Miami – Rushing Offense (179.8)
2 KEY MATCHUPS
When Florida State has the ball…
WR Craphonso Thorpe vs. CB Antrel Rolle
Thorpe is the big play receiver for the Seminoles and Rolle is Miami's answer. Rolle can beat Thorpe with his size and strength off of the line, which would limit Thorpe's downfield chances. One thing to watch in this matchup is if Thorpe goes across the middle to open space for his other receivers. Can Miami's other defensive backs stay with their assignments and not lose track of the Seminoles receivers?
When Miami has the ball…
RB Frank Gore & RB Tyrone Moss vs. FSU Linebackers
These games tend to come down to who can dictate the game with the run. If Miami's running backs can get up around 125-150 yards rushing, they will be tough to beat. The Florida State linebackers will have to make sure they stay off of blocks especially on the outside fighting off the tight ends. Both Hurricane backs have the ability to run up the middle and bounce outside.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON
Florida State WR Chauncey Stovall – He can be a big-time playmaker in a crucial point in the game if the Hurricanes lose track of him. He averaged almost 18 yards a reception last year and finished third in yards.
Miami WR Darnell Jenkins – He had a great off-season and could see more reps than normal if starter Roscoe Parrish has trouble with his lingering knee problem. Jenkins has great speed and can stretch the defense with his big-play ability.
COKER'S FINAL WORD
"It is going to be a tough, tough football game. We are going to have to respond, and that has been the attitude we have been taking as coaches and as players."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Running back Tyrone Moss on Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims:
"Man, I have been hearing about that guy since high school."
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org