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Possibly the most anticipated game on the Hurricanes' 2011 schedule is when they travel to Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee for a yearly grudge match against Florida State.
The Seminoles were the preeminent pick as the team to win the ACC and possibly contend for a national championship, as they were ranked No. 5 in the country to open the season.
When the team welcomed the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners into town, they were exposed as pretenders as Oklahoma had their way with the Seminoles en route to a 23-13 victory for the visitors.
Last season, Miami was pasted at Sun Life Stadium by the Seminoles, losing a game that wasn't even close by a score of 45-17.
Florida State had 298 yards rushing against the Hurricanes in that contest, and they will look to get their running game established with RB Devonta Freeman to take pressure off of E.J. Manuel.
This matchup was originally planned to be the showcase game for the ACC and for these two teams to meet a second time in the conference championship game, but it hasn't gone as planned for either team—teams such as Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech have been more successful than either team.
Prediction: When it's Miami and Florida State, throw out the records and record books. This game is an old-fashioned street fight. Tensions and emotions run high as these two teams hate each other bitterly, as many times in the rivalry these games have decided national championship berths.
Miami is going to look to come right out and punch the Seminoles in the teeth behind a steady dose of Lamar Miller and Mike James. Just because Florida State has fallen from the Top 25 and from everyone's minds, don't count them out because a wounded animal is just as dangerous. E.J Manuel is going to look to pick on Miami's inexperienced corners and make some plays early in a hotly-contested game.
This game is so important to both teams that it is too close to call and could go either way, as have many 'Canes/'Noles tilts in the past. Miami has to have the edge, as they do just enough on offense to escape the hard-charging 'Noles by a score of 24-21.