FSU benefits from UM, UF woes

December, 9, 2010
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First-year Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher won the unofficial "state championship" on the field this year -- the first time FSU has defeated Miami and Florida in the same season since 1999 -- and now he's winning it off the field by default.

While coaching searches have shaken thing up at rivals Florida and Miami, the Seminoles are on cruise control. They're coming off an appearance in the ACC championship game, headed to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and scooping up top recruits for the No. 3 class in the country.

Florida State's win over Florida in the regular-season finale signified a possible change in the balance of power within the state, but the resignation of Urban Meyer further tilts the scale in Fisher's favor. It could have a huge impact in FSU's recruiting, writes Jamie Newberg, as the stability at Florida State and the success of this season could be selling points for the players still undecided.

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