MIAMI -- It is a gorgeous night for football here in South Florida, and the Miami and Florida State fans have showed up early for some pretty terrific tailgating outside Sun Life Stadium.
It certainly feels like the Florida State-Miami rivalry outside. But what will the state of the rivalry look like once the teams kick off in about an hour from now?
Well, much has been made about where Miami stands going into this game, particularly with Florida State ranked No. 14 and the Hurricanes unranked. There are not many giving the Hurricanes a chance to pull the upset. But upsets do happen in this series -- as they often do when two heated rivals play against each other.
Going back to 1980, the lower-ranked OR unranked team has won 12 times. Miami has pulled the upset nine out of those 12 times -- twice as an unranked team. In fact, the last time Miami won in this series, the unranked Hurricanes took down No. 18 Florida State 38-34 in 2009 in Tallahassee.
So one should be careful in counting out Miami, even with the uncertainty surrounding quarterback Stephen Morris, who is doubtful to play with a sprained ankle. The Hurricanes are going to come out with a huge sense of urgency, knowing that in-state rivals Florida State and Florida have passed them in the rankings, and perhaps some more national prestige.
There is one other note to pay attention to: Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has yet to lose a rivalry game against either Florida or Miami. If Florida State beats Miami tonight, it would mark only the second time in school history that the Seminoles have won five straight over their two biggest rivals. Bobby Bowden has the only five-game streak, set between 1977-79.