It’s Miami-FSU week, and it can only mean one thing: Title implications! Two teams participate, but only one continues on the road to a national championship!
Just for fun!
The University of Miami Hurricanes and Florida State University Seminoles are not competing for a national something right now, and it probably will not be right now.
The fact that UM (5-4) and FSU (3-6) are not close to the title candidates this year does not change the fact that these two rivals are to meet for the 66th time at. 15.30 this Saturday. at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. It’s an annual Florida football tradition – good or bad – that has stood the test of time.
While most fans will focus on the typical trash talk, Miami and FSU actually have more in common than one might realize.
Here are five things that any Miami and FSU fan can agree on. For what our country needs right now is unity, not division. And it starts, of course, with college football.
No one likes the Florida Gators
You’ve heard the saying, ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’, right? A little known fact is that the proverb most likely originates from the Florida Gators. They are the common enemy. These are the ones everyone actually hates.
Miami and FSU fans may agree – for various reasons – that the University of Florida football team is the worst.
Miami-FSU is the best rivalry in college football
What can two rivals agree on? That they are the best rivalry in the whole country. Ask any Hurricanes or Seminoles fan what the biggest rivalry in college football is and their answer will be UM-FSU.
Why? For more than two decades, this game determined whether both teams would remain a title contender. Not only is it still deal TV, it is the biggest rivalry in the state with the most football talent in the country.
Simple and easy: Miami-FSU may not take place in the best conference or is the biggest match of the year, but when you are looking for memorable moments of a rivalry of college football, good luck in topping those that FSU and Miami have put on tape in a few decades.
Other rivalries have been going on since players wore leather helmets, but if you run to YouTube, the highlights will not come close to UM-FSU.
It’s time to start keeping the Florida Kids in the state
In the heyday of UM-FSU rivalry, both teams were full of players from Sunshine State. Miami would recruit from West Palm Beach down, and FSU would bring much of the rest of the talent into the state that did not go to Florida. A big part of the rivalry was the fact that many of the players at UM and FSU had played against each other since they were literally children, so playing in front of 70,000 people took their game, and the rivalry, to the next level.
Now Alabama and Georgia are pouring in and stealing children who should be Miami Hurricanes from birth. FSU is losing players to schools they would never have dreamed of having kids pick over them, like Ole Miss. Most fans will not admit it, but it would be better for both schools if one player chose FSU or Miami instead of Alabama. At least the ACC and Florida would shine.
For Miami-FSU to regain the warmth it once had, both schools must somehow begin to hold talent in Florida – and away from the SEC.
Dalvin Cook is burning.
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– Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 7, 2021
Miami and FSU consistently put more players in the NFL than any two teams combined
There are now a total of 48 players in the NFL who went to Miami or Florida State. It may seem like a lot, but the total number has actually dropped over the years as both teams have not been as good as they once were.
Not only that, but Miami and FSU put skill position players in the NFL – not just a bunch of linemen and back-up corners.
We are willing to bet if a survey was done that counted the number of players Miami and FSU have put in the NFL since 1980, no two teams together have contributed more influential players to the league. That fact may not remain long as Alabama and many SEC teams put double-digit players in the NFL each year, but on average over three decades, Miami and FSU should be close to the top, if not right there.
No two schools have given NFL fans more players to love than Miami and FSU.
College football is better when Miami and FSU are at the top
College football is fine as it is, but since Miami and FSU have gone down in the last couple of seasons, the sport has seemed to be missing a bit, yes, svada. There is not the same juice at all as there once was.
Especially in the case of Miami.
There’s just something about Notre Dame or Alabama playing the outcasts down from the south. LSU or Georgia playing Alabama just feels like a pair of cousins fighting. Florida State and a powerful offensive tackle on a hard-defending Big 10 team just feels like more of a show than what we see these days.
Miami and FSU fans will disagree this weekend, but for once, the two sides seem to agree on much more than they disagree on, regardless of which team wins.
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