Being a young University of Miami Hurricanes fan, I’ve always looked at this rivalry differently. From the time I started watching football, to my freshman year of high school, I had never seen Miami beat FSU. Sad, isn’t it. Miami had lost 7 straight games against the Seminoles from 2010 to 2016. From Jacory Harris, to Stephen Morris, to Brad Kaaya, all I had ever seen was the Seminoles beating the Canes.
Then, something changed. In 2017, Miami looked different. Miami felt different. Miami played different. The Canes began to play with a similar swagger to those legendary teams fans fell in love with.
Miami went into Doak Campbell Stadium 3-0 in what was their first true test of the season. That game was absolutely electric. The lasting image of Malik Rosier connecting with Darrell Langham to win the game and end the 7 year streak of the Seminoles reinvigorated the support of life long Canes fans. It did more than just that, that win and the season that followed created a buzz amongst young fans.
I remember the magic of that 2017 win and the 2018 comeback that included an incredible touchdown pass from N’Kosi Perry to Brevin Jordan. The next generation of Canes fans will remember these rivalry wins as the games that created a true love and appreciation for this team.
Over the two shaky and disappointing seasons that have followed there have been some ups and downs, but the Canes have still managed to kick the Seminoles’ collective asses. Manny Diaz’s defense has made it possible for players like Deejay Dallas, Trajan Bandy, and Jonathan Garvin to leave Miami never losing to FSU.
As a Canes fan who never saw the classic battles between these teams, I look forward to the future of this rivalry rather than looking back at the past. With both of these programs looking to come back into the public eye, the Canes have a chance to send a message to the nation and Tallahassee, that the Canes are for real.