Listen Now! Hurricanes, Seminoles look to rekindle once great rivalry Saturday

Tim Walters
Tallahassee Democrat
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For decades, when Florida State played Miami, it was appointment television.

From 1990-2006, the two teams met 18 times, with both being ranked in 15 of those meetings.

The first time the two teams met where both were ranked was in 1981. Miami was No. 13 while FSU was No. 14. The Hurricanes won 27-19.

The first time they met where both were ranked in the Top 10 was in 1987, when Miami was No. 3 and FSU No. 4. This time the Hurricanes won 26-25 when the Seminoles went for two and the win and didn’t get it. It cost them a shot at a national title.

In 1991, Miami was No. 1 when it defeated No. 2 FSU 17-16 when the Seminoles missed a field goal at the end of the game that became known as Wide Right I. Over the next 30 years, FSU would lose five games to the Hurricanes on missed field goals, four wide right and one wide left.

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Yet, despite FSU’s troubles playing the Hurricanes, the all-time series is close, with Miami leading 35-30.

In those 65 meetings, 26 times the game has been decided by 7 points or less.

Bobby Bowden once said this about the rivalry: “As good as we were, we didn’t win a National Championship until 1993, mainly because we kept losing to Miami on missed kicks. I used to get mad because nobody else would play Miami. Notre Dame would play them, then drop them. Florida dropped them. Penn State dropped them. We would play Miami and lose by one point on a missed field goal, and it would knock us out of the National Championship. I didn’t want to play them, either, but I had to play them. That’s why I said, When I die, They’ll say, ‘At least he played Miami.’”

In recent years, the matchup has lost some of its luster. The two haven’t met where both teams were ranked since 2016. Yet, the game still garners national attention because of the rivalry that dates back to 1951.

Florida State and Miami have played every year since 1969. Since it became a yearly series, Miami leads 27-26.

The Hurricanes also are on a four-game winning streak in the series following a run where the Seminoles had won seven in a row.

So, how will this year’s 3:30 p.m. game at Tallahassee look?

To find out, Tallahassee Democrat Seminoles beat writer Curt Weiler and Palm Beach Post columnist Tom D’Angleo join “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast,” powered by the USA TODAY Network, to break down the 2021 edition of FSU-Miami.

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FSU has shown improvements in recent weeks while Miami appears revitalized with the emergence of quarterback Tyler Van Dyke.

Curt and Tom will share their unique insights, make predictions and question each other about what they want to know about the opposing team.

It doesn’t matter whether you attended either of these schools or not — this is one college football game fans have to see.

And to make sure you know as much as you can for the matchup, you have to check out the podcast.

If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? Join the tens of thousands that have downloaded the podcast this year and find out why it gives you the best sports breakdowns in the state from the best sports network in the state.

We can be downloaded wherever you listen to podcasts, or simply type in “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast” into your favorite search engine and you’ll find several options to listen on, including Spotify. We also can be found on any of the 17 USA TODAY-Network Florida websites.

If you like it, you can check out previous shows, which feature current and former professional athletes and coaches, as well as our stable of journalists who cover beats and write columns, all of whom have a tie to the Sunshine State.

Contact Walters at twalters@gannett.com

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