Early Season Matchup Features a Rivalry Some Have Forgotten

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 20:  Quarterback Xavier Lee #1 of the Florida State Seminoles runs in a touchdown against safety Lovon Ponder #35 from the University of Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium October 20, 2007 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

When the Miami Hurricanes take the field in their season opener they will be starting back up on the road they were building not so long ago. Remember when the Hurricanes were year after year the Florida Gators of now?

Remember when Ken Dorsey was the god of college football kind of how Tim Tebow has been tagged? Oh and there was that one tailback Willis McGahee who made every teams run defense look stupid throughout his college career.

Then you take a step back and look a little further back and you have another program rich with tradition.

The Florida State Seminoles in the late '90s were the pinnacle of college football. They had great college football players such as Chris Weinke who won the 2000 Heisman Trophy, Warrick Dunn, Peter Boulware, and one of my favorite receivers, Peter Warrick.

This rivalry has taken a few hits over the past couple seasons. Both schools losing a lot of respect. Whether it be the entire team running out on the field beating the opposing team with their helmets or the entire team cheating on a final. Those mistakes will stick with these programs for a long time.

When looking at a rivalry fans need to get over some of these mistakes. These two teams have struggled with bringing in top talent and are slowly beginning to bring it back.

Both programs are not used to having to rebuild they, throughout history were like USC, Florida, and Ohio State. They were able to graduate talented players year after year and reload.

They are beginning to get back to that level now. You can see that with both having a  top 15 recruiting class. In the end this years match-up has great promise to be an amazing game.

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Growing up in Ohio I do not have the luxury of knowing everything about the rivalry but I am sure it is about as big a rivalry as any other. Two in state schools constantly battling in the same conference and battling for the same speedy southern recruits that we all have been watching for years.

Bobby Bowden and company are in the top 25 once again and with a young team returning most would think Christian Ponder will be the starter coming into this year's game.

If Florida State is able to establish the running game Miami could have some problems on their hands. Don't expect the Hurricanes to roll over though although they did not make the preseason top 25 many have them listed right outside the list.

With an early  season win over the Seminoles the Hurricanes you would figure could find themselves in the top 25 after week one. 

Graig Cooper is not too shabby of a tailback either. He rushed for 841 yards and four touchdowns. The Hurricanes passing game may be even more impressive. Starring two receivers Aldarius Johnson and Travis Benjamin. Both incredibly fast receivers could pose multiple problems for the Seminole secondary.

We as college football fans are being given a treat early in the season to be able to see a great rivalry such as this at the beginning of the season. Which starts us off for what should be a year of amazing college football.

If I were to predict the outcome of this game I am in favor of the Hurricanes upsetting the Seminoles. I believe the Hurricanes rush defense will be able to slow down Florida State and as I stated before one of the two Hurricanes receivers will have a big game for Miami.

It will be close with the Hurricanes winning 24 to 21, most likely coming down to a field goal to win it. We all know how that goes in Florida.