One of the downsides of Florida State's potential move to the Big XII conference is the likely loss of the annual game with the Miami Hurricanes. With a likely schedule featuring nine conference games, plus the annual game against the Florida Gators (FSU's biggest rival), many believe there won't be room for the Canes on the schedule.
But there are a lot of reasons to attempt to keep the rivalry around. It's one of the most storied games in college football. It's usually a guaranteed sellout, and in years in which the game is played in Joe Robbie Stadium, it's an easy drive for many South Florida Seminoles.
Other positives of the game may depend on your opinion of the Miami program. If you believe the 'Canes aren't serious about football and aren't likely to recover from sanctions any time soon, then the game is valuable from the standpoint that the name value of beating Miami outweighs the risk of loss. Embarrassing Miami in their home stadium, as happened in 2008 and 2010 is also valuable from a recruiting perspective.
Of course, if Miami does improve, then the potential risk of loss probably isn't worth it as the name of the game is to maximize chances for a playoff birth.
My idea is to continue to play the game in years in which Florida State plays only one of Oklahoma/Texas/Oklahoma State from the likely Western division. It would help to preserve the rivalry somewhat, while making Florida State's annual schedule more balanced.
This is all speculative as nothing is in stone with college football realignment. Would you favor playing Miami in seasons in which FSU draws only one of the trio from the Western division? Vote in the poll after the jump.