Monday, September 05, 2005Miami-Florida State
The Game: Well it's Miami-FSU. Followers of this rivalry have their own favorites whether it's the '1987 Future Stars battle, 1989 Lights Out, the 1991 Wide Right, 1992 Wide Right II, 1993 Charlie's Revenge, 1997 Miami's Lowest Moment, 2000 Wide Right III, 2002 Wide Left, etc. etc. Always a memorable battle and made even more important when you consider it's now a conference game.
The Players: Both teams are using first-time starters at QB. Drew Weatherford has taken one snap as a Seminole and he injured his ankle on the play. Kyle Wright has a little more experience for the Canes, but he wasn't overly impressive in his garbage time either. Miami has about 10 starters returning on defense, FSU has a little less experience but the talent levels are almost equal. If it comes to a running game, the Seminoles have a depth edge but the offensive line is a question.
The Numbers: Miami has won six straight games in the series and generated 25 turnovers in those victories. Most of those are attributed to outgoing quarterback Chris Rix. Miami has outgained FSU in the last five contests and outrushed them in the last three. The Seminoles will be looking to improve on the one of the worst offenses in the school's history. Miami will look to shore a rushing defense that was downright awful in the second half of last season.
The Line: Miami by 3 and it's moved to Miami by 3.5 in the last few hours, My play is Under 38 total points.
The Forecast: There's going to be a lot of hitting tonight. Both teams have new quarterbacks so don't expect much scoring in the first half or many first downs. The special teams battle is going to be crucial and it's a battle that Miami almost always wins. It'll be a fourth quarter nailbiter and a brutally physical game throughout.
The Pick: FSU 16, Miami 13