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Monday marks last Florida State-Miami season opener

This is the last season-opener in the storied rivalry of Florida State and Miami. That's a good thing, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: September 5, 2006, 3:43 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden knows why his team is playing rival Miami at the Orange Bowl on Monday night, rather than some I-AA patsy like so many of college football's other top 25 teams played this weekend.

"The publicity part of it, you can't buy it," Bowden said. "You can't pay enough money to get that type of national attention."

Two years ago, when the ACC launched its expanded league, it made sense for the Seminoles and Hurricanes to play on Labor Day night. With the addition ...

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