It's a Monday night party, college football style! It's always an emotionally charged battle when the 'Noles and 'Canes meet; this year will be no different.
The past four have been decided by six points or less. In close games one often expects the team that scores last to win, but in the case of this rivalry it may be who scores first; the team that scores first has won sixteen out of the last twenty. Last year Florida State dominated Miami early, and held a 31-10 lead in the third quarter. Miami mounted a comeback, but fell just short. Florida State won, 41-39.
Bobby Bowden has held an edge in the match-up lately, winning three of the last four. Randy Shannon is in his third year at the helm of the Hurricanes, and is 1-1 against FSU. I don’t see a real edge in the coaching match-up here. Bobby seems to be holding on a little too long at the end of his career, but most coaches do, so I can’t really blame him. Shannon hasn’t been able to rejuvenate Miami back to the national status they enjoyed five or six years ago. Both teams are struggling to return to their late 90’s early 2000’s form, but neither is close yet. Both are still bringing in top talent, but I expect Miami to return to top 10 form before FSU does. This will be a back and forth game, coming down to the wire. Read the rest of my slideshow for a position-by-position breakdown, and make your own assumptions on who holds the overall edge in this early season ACC showdown.