‘Noles Vs. ‘Canes Back as Must-See Matchup

Florida State and Miami are both in the Top 10 for their game for the first time since 2004

 Credit: Florida State Sports Information 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3-ranked Florida State football team will meet No. 7/6 Miami for the 58th time on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium.


The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC and ESPN’s three-hour College GameDay morning show is also in town and will be live from Langford Green from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The exciting in-state rivalry matchup is the second undefeated ACC Top 10 clash this season. Two weeks ago the Seminoles, then ranked No. 5, traveled to No. 3 Clemson, and routed the Tigers, 51-14.


Florida State (7-0) will be hoping for a similar outcome on Saturday against the undefeated Hurricanes (7-0) in Tallahassee.


Beginning in the late-1980’s, the FSU-Miami series has been one of the premier rivalries in the country and this weekend’s matchup marks the 14th time both teams enter the game ranked in the AP Top 10, but the first time since 2004.


The national excitement for the game brought ESPN back to Tallahassee this week, where SportsCenter shot live interviews and College GameDay produced features. In addition, Fox Sports 1 spent three days on campus.


Still, Fisher said the media attention and hype for the Noles’ second Top 10 matchup of 2013 was not a distraction.


“It’s kind of been good because they are getting used to this – it’s kind of normal,” Fisher said. “Hopefully we can continue to play big games and it will be like that. Our guys, to me, are doing a nice job with that and in practice they have been terrific.”


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