Due to a lacking of other top matchups in week ten, as well as the in state rivalry and “what’s at stake” element of this game, the FSU-MIAMI matchup is going to be the most important this Saturday.
This Saturday’s game is also getting a lot of attention because it is a top ten matchup, and not many of those occur in the season. For the second time this season, and the second time in just two weeks, FSU will be a part of that matchup, as well as College Game Day. Florida State is currently ranked at number three in the BCS poll and is fighting for a chance to lap Oregon and take on Alabama in the national championship game. Miami is currently ranked at number seven in the BCS, the second highest ranked ACC team. For Miami to take down FSU at Tallahassee would absolutely propel them near the top of the rankings. At the same time, if FSU were to demolish Miami like they have all other 2013 opponents, including ACC rivals Clemson who they beat by a whopping 37 points, it may just be enough to again push them in front of Oregon. Of course, if FSU were to win and Alabama or Oregon were to lose, FSU would undoubtedly be ranked number one or two.
This year Miami has shown the college football world some great performances, as well as some rocky ones. In the beginning of the season the Hurricanes defeated the Florida Gators 21-16. Any time a non-SEC team beats an SEC team, it’s an accomplishment to be talked about. Miami took control of the game from the start, and held on in the end for the W that got them noticed in the first place. Miami then went on to defeat the likes of South Florida and Georgia Tech and has remained undefeated since. However, the team did struggle against a weak North Carolina and Wake Forest, which makes this coming up competition questionable for Miami.
FSU has obviously had a stellar year, as many believe they should be the number one team in the country. Others believe they are a solid team, but that their only true test has been against the Clemson Tigers. This weekend should be another good test for them to prove their worthiness and be back on top of the polls. For Florida State on Saturday, there is no room for error. They need to bring their “A” game and defeat Miami without hesitation. Oregon still has Stanford and Oregon State to play, so the Seminoles just can’t lose. They will also be playing their other in state rivals Florida at the end of the season, and that will not be an easy game.
There is another race that is in the hands of this game, and that is for the Heisman. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston of FSU may lose all his credibility if he spoils this game, or can boost him to the top of the list with a win and great performance. The other two Heisman front runners include Marcus Mariota of Oregon, and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. In just one game against Clemson, Heisman hopeful Tajh Boyd fell from the rankings, as Jameis propelled himself to the top. This Miami game could be a similar scenario, and Jameis can’t afford to lose.
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