Both teams — #13th ranked Miami and #23rd ranked Florida State-will be one of the most watched college football games this weekend.
Former Seminoles’ long -time coach Bobby Bowden is a spectator this time around, and maybe he is downplaying how his old team will fare, but he has gone on record in saying that Miami is likely to win this weekend’s game.
“I feel like Miami (has the edge) because they are playing in Miami,” Bowden said Friday before a signing for his recently published book.
Bowden has a losing record of 14 and 21 vs. Miami, but Florida State is a much stronger team this year with a stouter defense and more reliable running game.
Miami is a team that has been flirting with the Top 10 for the last few years behind a very talented, but interception prone Jacory Harris.
The 6’3 Florida State signal caller, Christian Ponder, doesn’t have passing stats that will jump off the page, but he has been less error-prone and been able to keep his mistakes at a minimum. For the year, he has only thrown three interceptions.
Florida State lost badly to Oklahoma on the road. However, the Seminoles have entered the ACC season with two wins over Wake Forest and Virginia.
So far, so good for the Seminoles.
Miami will definitely be a test for a Florida State team that has struggled over the past few years prior to the departure of legendary coach Bobby Bowden.
Florida State will need the 5’11, 195 pound Jermaine Thomas to have a big night. Last week against Virginia in a 34-14 win, the junior rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns.
If Florida State can control the clock and keep the explosive Miami passing offense off the field, the Seminoles will increase their chances of winning.
For Miami, Harris usually plays better at home rather than on the road. Harris is a very confident thrower and trust his receivers, but must make better decisions with the football.