Miami (FL) vs. Florida State: Spread Info, Line, BCS Impact and Prediction

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Miami (FL) vs. Florida State: Spread Info, Line, BCS Impact and Prediction
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The Florida State Seminoles are playing host to the Miami Hurricanes in a rivalry game that originated back in 1951.

These two teams absolutely hate each other and it is often one of the most highly watched and fiercest games of the season.

Unfortunately this year, both teams are currently unranked and going through some lean times.

It should still be good, as it always is whenever they step on the field, so keep reading to learn all you need to know about this exciting matchup.

Where: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

When: Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

Who Will Win?

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Watch: ESPN/ABC

Spread: Florida State -9 (via ScoresAndOdds)

I like Florida State to cover the spread in this game.

The Seminoles are playing at home against a hated rival and are still angry for losing three straight games to fall completely out of the rankings.

The team had the potential to compete for the national championship this year but fell out of contention with those losses.

They have been simply punishing people since and have won by at least 25 points in every game after the Wake Forest loss.

Miami is much more inconsistent and is coming off an easy win at Duke, I think they underestimate the Seminoles and lose the rivalry game.

Over/Under: 50.5 (via ScoresAndOdds)

Over. Both of these teams have explosive offenses and average over 30 points per game each.

Their defenses are somewhat stout; especially Florida States, but I would throw all of that out the window for this game.

These two teams simply hate each other and will want to score early and often to get the win and bragging rights.

Go with the over and look for this to be a back-and-forth game until Miami breaks.

Key Injuries (via CollegeInjuryReport)

Miami

LB Jordan Futch – OUT (Shoulder) – Futch has not been playing with an injured shoulder and will not be available against the Seminoles according to Al Golden. Kelvin Cain will replace him

SS Ray Ray Armstrong – OUT (Suspended) – This isn’t that Ray Ray will be coming back according to Golden. He is still suspended from all football activity.

Florida State

C Bryan Stork – QST (Concussion) – Stork missed the BC game after being concussed during practice. He still had mild symptoms lingering from the injury and sat as a precaution. Austin Barron is his backup.

BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications

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Florida State is trying to sneak back into the BCS polls by continuing to win but do not play any other ranked opponents this season.

It’s going to be tough for them to find a decent bowl game but they could catch some breaks if they win out and and Clemson falls apart.

Miami is a wreck this season after being rocked with scandalous news earlier in the year and are still trying to recover.

Keys to Miami Win

Balance on offense.

When Miami got upset by Virginia, they were one dimensional and leaned too heavily on their passing game to get the job done.

Virginia tore them apart on the ground and their defense will need to avoid that happening again, as well.

Jacory Harris is having a very solid year taking care of the ball and if he can continue to do that, while mixing some of the run game in, the team will have a chance.

Keys to Florida State Win

Control the line of scrimmage.

The Seminoles have 30 sacks on the year and can force Jacory Harris into mistakes and should bring him down at least once while pressuring him all afternoon long.

Their defense has superior athletes and they should be able to get this done if they play up to their ability.

Prediction

Florida State 32, Miami 21

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