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Listen Now! FSU vs. Miami may have lost some national luster, but it's still a huge rivalry

Tim Walters
Tallahassee Democrat
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In last year’s edition of Florida State vs. Miami, the Seminoles pulled off the unthinkable late to defeat the Hurricanes in a thriller.

With just two minutes to play in the game and trailing 28-23, Ja’Khi Douglas hauled in a 59-yard bomb that set up the Seminoles in good field position.

After stalling and staring at a fourth and 14 from the Miami 25, Jordan Travis completed a pass to Andrew Parchment down to the 1 before Travis took the ball in for the go-ahead score. The Seminoles got the two-point conversion and held on to win 31-28.

The win edged Florida State closer in the series, which Miami leads 35-31.

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Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis (13) scores on a two-point conversion. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Miami Hurricanes 31-28 Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

Long gone are the days when this game had national significance.

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

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.

In 66 meetings, 27 times the game has been decided by 7 points or less.

In recent years, the two teams haven’t met where both teams were ranked since 2016.

This year, Florida State has a signature win against LSU while Miami has suffered demoralizing losses to Middle Tennessee, while also getting throttled by Duke in a game where they had eight turnovers.

Will Florida State inch closer to tying the all-time series, or can Miami pick itself up and dust itself off against the Seminoles.

To help break down this game, I welcome in Tallahassee Democrat Seminoles beat writer Carter Karels and Palm Beach Post columnist Tom D’Angelo as the latest guests on “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast,” powered by the USA TODAY Network.

We’ll break down what Miami might do at quarterback this week as they prep three players at the position.

We take a look at the much-improved Jordan Travis, and what has led to his success this year.

"When you talk about Jordan Travis's development, you first have to talk about the weapons around him because the last couple of years was rough," Karels says during the podcast. "Travis, with those weapons, and and coming into this season as the cemented starter has really helped him because, you know, this was the first season that he really became the guy."

We’ll also discuss the directions of both teams. The Seminoles and Mike Norvell are trending in the right direction while Miami may be stuck for quite some time with Mario Cristobol given the length and amount of his contract.

And we’ll discuss the importance of this series and if it might one day again be the centerpiece of a college football weekend.

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

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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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