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SOTU Staff Predictions: Miami Hurricanes vs Florida State Seminoles

We’ve talked all week. Now, it’s time to lock in our picks for Canes vs Noles

Mike Meredith, State of the U

We meet again, Canes fam! After 2 installments of our round table discussion about Miami-FSU, we now come to the piece you’ve been waiting for: our predictions. Before we get there, let’s go back.

Here’s part 1 of our round table:

Here’s part 2 of our round table:

And now, here are our predictions:

Prediction time. How do you see the game playing out?

Cam Underwood: I really think last week’s players only team meeting galvanized the Canes, and we’ll see further proof of that in Tallahassee this weekend. Miami is gonna make just enough plays, get a timely turnover, and earn a hard-fought victory over a hated rival on the road. Final Score: Miami 23 FSU 20

Marshall Thomas: I see a defensive struggle for most of the game, and FSU leading into the fourth quarter. I really do see either Jarren/Kosi leading a touchdown drive late and Miami holding on a for a win. Final score, Canes 17-13.

Justin Dottavio: I think this will be a low scoring, back and forth game. I can see some big mistake like an interception or blocked punt turning into a momentum swing that leads to the win. FSU by 1.

Gaby Urrutia: If you’ve watched any of Miami and Florida State you know it’s going to be a close game. Throw out the records, throw out everything you think you know about either team. Both teams are going to show up and Florida State will probably play their best game of the year. Hopefully Miami comes out and does the same. I think the biggest advantage Miami has is the Florida State offense against the Hurricanes defense, at least from a statistical point of view. Miami needs to win the field position battle, the turnover battle and find a way to get the offense going early in the game. I don’t think they can afford to start slowly in a game of this caliber. Oh, and make your damn field goals. Miami 23-Florida State 17

John Camera: This is really a coin flip type game. I think both teams can’t get out of their own way until the second half - when the offenses get rolling. But ultimately, Miami can’t extend their win streak over FSU to 3, losing 27-24 to the Noles.

John Michaels: If history is any indication the game will be close. The last 5 years have all been decided by 5 points or less, so expect this one to be more of the same. I can see FSU getting out to an early lead, but Miami fighting much like they have all year, and getting back into the game. If it comes down to kicking, guess it’s time to pray! Miami 27-26 GO CANES

KappaCane: As I mentioned before, since we are the underdog on the road, I think we pull this one out in a low scoring game. Final score Miami 24, FSU 20.

Carl Bleich: As much as it pains me to say it, I can’t see Miami going into Doak Campbell Stadium in this tumultuous season and winning this game. Willie Taggart needs to win this game to keep himself off the hot seat and does. I don’t think Florida State is any better than Miami is right now but I do think playing at home in this game is a huge advantage this year. Florida State 24, Miami 21.

Dylan Goldman: As I said before, this game is almost always tight, and with both teams even at 4-4 on the year, this game will be no different. I’m expecting a very low-scoring game, but I have a feeling the Canes prevail in this one. I think they might’ve found something in the Pitt game, between the tremendous resolve they showed, the defense constantly bending but not breaking, and Williams leading the game-winning touchdown drive. I think the Canes win 20-17, with the defense making a stand late to win the game.

Kevin Fielder: This has rough-nosed rivalry game written all over it. I think the two defenses will dominate the beginning part of the game, with both teams creating turnovers and sacks. As the game progresses, I see both quarterbacks becoming more comfortable, with Miami scoring going into half to make it 7-6. I believe the second half will be more of the same, and a late touchdown by Hurricanes will secure a 16-13 win for the Canes.

Candis McLean: I think Miami wins this one 28-24. Keeping true to the usually close affair, this game will go come down to the wire. I just believe in the Canes’ ability to get stops when it matters. The red zone defense has been great over the past few weeks. I think that will be the difference-maker for us this weekend.

Todd Forrest: I see a low-scoring first half before both offenses find a bit of rhythm in the second. Every FBS opponent Miami faced this season has resulted in a one-score game and I don’t see this one being any different. I want to believe that Miami wins via another late touchdown, but I’m not as confident this time.

FSU turns away the Canes in the final moments (similar to the UF game) and Willie Taggart survives to coach another season in Tallahassee. Final Score: FSU 26, Miami 21

Dylan Sherry: Despite my wishes of Miami controlling the contest and getting out to a fast start, it’s Florida State and Miami -- it should be a close race to the finish line, per usual. I think Miami has enough to win though, but not by much. I think Miami may dig a hole for themselves, but since they’re learning how to win, I think it’ll be a hole they can still climb out of. My score prediction is a 21-20 ‘Canes victory.

Drew Maglio: I see this game as a back-and-forth affair. It will be sloppy as neither team is well-coached. Both teams will turn the ball over and make mistakes. The team that will lose will be the team that makes more costly mistakes (pick 6, fumble for td, etc.). I hope I am wrong, but I don’t see Miami winning this game: FSU 28-21.


Who wins the Miami-FSU rivalry game and by how much?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Miami big (7+)
    (173 votes)
  • 47%
    Miami close (1-6)
    (290 votes)
  • 15%
    FSU close (1-6)
    (96 votes)
  • 8%
    FSU big (7+)
    (52 votes)
611 votes total Vote Now

And there you have it. Our picks for Miami-FSU.

You have picks too, so vote in the poll and share them in the comments below. And, who knows, there may even be a gift for the person closest to the actual score. Maybe.

Go Canes