Miami-Florida State: Hurricanes Must Defeat Seminoles In Glorious Rivalry

Matthew WilderContributor IOctober 8, 2010

Miami's defense must continue to shine to beat Florida State.
Miami's defense must continue to shine to beat Florida State.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Tomorrow is a sort of judgement day for the Miami Hurricanes. The eyes of almost every college football fan in the nation will be upon the Canes as they take on the Florida State Seminoles in primetime action in what is one of the most glorious rivalries in college football.

Jacory Harris will try to lead the Hurricanes to victory over the hated Seminoles. Harris passed for 895 yards, 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Running back Damien Berry rushed for 327 yards and 1 touchdown. He will have his hands full against the nation's number four rushing defense. Wide Receiver Leonard Hankerson caught 23 receptions for 388 yards and 6 touchdowns.

For Miami's failure to defeat the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes, fate has given Miami a second chance to restore it's image of power by way of a victory over the Seminoles. Now, many fans will point to FSU being a shadow of the empire it once was after being annihilated by Oklahoma, but this team still has a lot of power.

Can Miami's devastating defense shut down the Seminole offense? Will Jacory Harris shine in the spotlight and stop throwing interceptions? Will Harris be the star of the game or will Hankerson or Berry steal the show? Can Miami just win the game and continue on the path to the Orange Bowl? These are many questions that will be answered tomorrow night and fans on both sides must have butterflies in their stomach awaiting this big-time, primetime showdown.

Here is look at each team's rankings on offense and defense.

Miami OffenseFlorida State Offense
Rushing 136.5 (76)Rushing 208.6 (26)
Passing 233.8 (47)Passing 224.6 (58)
Overall (66)Overall (29)
Miami DefenseFlorida State Defense
Rushing 130.8 (42)Rushing 74.8 (4)
Passing 136 (6)Passing 218.6 (65)
Overall (8)Overall (20)


 Prediction: Miami wins thriller in overtime 31-28.