"I'm excited to be a part of it," Fisher said. "You go into your career and to get involved in some of the great traditional rivalries in college football you feel very blessed. When you're a kid watching TV, growing up wishing you could be a part of that, this is one of them you talk about all the time. It'll be a great game on Saturday. I'll be very blessed to be in it and look forward to the opportunity to competing in it. They have got a great program and are coached well, have great players so we'll have to be on our A-game."
"Sometimes you do things in games that guys will never do on the practice field," Fisher said. "It's a pride about them, a competition level and that's the thing that makes athletics to me so great. There's nothing you can predict, in what the competition brings out of someone. Some guys don't know they've even got it in them, that's what makes it so special to me you see guys evolve and grow as people."
"This game is always a big game," Fisher said. "With the implications in-state and to be the state champion of Florida will put you into that national title talk. It does mean a lot. It can help us grow and go to where we need to be and that's one of the reasons you come to Florida State - to be in this game and we want to get back up there."
"A lot of the [Miami] guys I went to school with, played high school down there," said Beau Reliford, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale and attested to the pride involved with this game. "It's a big challenge to show those guys we have all developed and I want to see how they have developed in college too. So, it's just a pride thing to me; just going trying not to lose. My main goal is to go hard and give the fans what they want to see."
"It means a lot," said Chris Thompson who followed the rivalry as a child and will be playing in South Florida for the first time. "Ever since I have been watching football (they have) always been the biggest games of my life, to sit down watch Florida State-Miami and Florida State-Florida. So it's fun to be part of one of those teams and be able to actually play against them."
They're learning to focus; they're learning to prepare," head coach Jimbo Fisher said after his first career road win. "They're understanding that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - they're learning they can't just say `now I build my momentum on Friday night.' They're learning how to come to the game to compete. It's part of maturing and it's a great thing to see.
We're 2-0 in the league. It's learning to win on the road in the league," Fisher added. "If you're going to win conference titles, you're going to have to win in somebody else's house. Virginia has played really good football all year. Really good football.
They played well," Fisher said of his defensive unit. "The offense ate the ball and kept them off the field. The defense got some three-and-outs. They played together. That's what we keep saying: offense, defense. Here's what you've got to understand. Defense is getting three-and-outs, offense is taking six minute drives, which keeps an offense out of whack for the other team.
He really made some good plays," Fisher said of Ponder. "He was very efficient today. I thought he missed some things but he scrambled two or three times which he always does. He threw 29 times but he didn't have to throw it all the time. We made plays and he was really efficient on third down. We were 10-for-16 on third-down.
“This is one of the great rivalries in college football,” Fisher said. “This is the reason your kids come to Florida State, to play in that game. Miami has a great program. Playing them down there will be a tall task, but hopefully we’ll grow and accept the task.”
"The 90's are over. Worry about doing things right and the direction you're going. If that happens, winning will come.''
"Your ultimate goal and the first objective, if you want to get back to the BCS, you've got to win your conference.''
"He does not want to be average in anything he does, and he's willing to put the sweat in to get the glory. He really doesn't look at it as glory. I think he just looks at it as who he is. That's his DNA.'' Fisher on Christian Ponder
"We're recruiting good players and getting guys to do the right thing. The thing we've got to understand is how to win, how little things add up to big things and you don't put yourself behind the eight ball all the time.''
"I think we can rectify a lot of those things,'' Fisher said about last years dismal showing.
"Expectations are high and you can't run from expectations. It's how you deal with them, expectations don't win games. Just like talent. Talent is what you're capable of; attitude determines how well you do it. They're saying we're supposed to win but we have to have our attitude right, go back and remember what work ethic is and remember the process of winning. Lay the foundation, work hard every day, control what we can control, don't worry about what people say, don't worry about the outcome. If we're ready to play, then the expectations will come true."
"We also believe that guys need to have success off of the field and we can develop these young men by creating an atmosphere and environment for them to be successful as people, as students, then as athletes. When they start having success outside their area of expertise, and I consider athletics as their area of expertise, it's amazing how the person grows and it transitions right out onto the field. We're trying to develop the person and be proactive in everything we do and try to get them to see things in a different light and be very successful. If you are successful off the field, you'll be successful on."
"Last spring we sent the tone on how we want to do things and the tempo and intensity by which we want to practice," Fisher said. "This is the way it's going to be done, we're coming here to work, practice is a place to get better and have fun with it.
"That's why I wanted the Florida State job," Fisher said. "That's why I waited and turned down other opportunities because I wanted a place where I thought we could win it all. I know we're not there yet but we have a chance in the future if we do things right.
"It's the details right now," Fisher said. "Making sure I dot the I's and cross the T's and get our team at every possible position into camp and prepare them to be successful. And touch every aspect of everything we do and make sure we get enough time on it and do a great evaluation of our players, make sure we don't overload the players but still give them enough to win."