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Gameday Central: Miami at Florida State

Florida State and Miami. Top 10. Undefeated. Bragging rights and so much more.

Mike Ehrmann


Miami (7-0) at Florida State (7-0) 8:00 PM ET

Watch: ABC, National Broadcast

Listen: Nole Radio Affiliates, Miami Radio Affiliates

The Weather: Thanks to a Friday cold front moving through, the weather should be perfect. 65 degrees at kickoff, falling below 60 by the end of the game. Clear skies with 8 mph winds out of the NW. Fall football weather at its finest.

The Spread: Florida State is a 21 point favorite.

So far, Florida State has met every challenge with insane offense and a defense that improves every week. At this point in the season, every game becomes more meaningful and the pressure to win increases.

An undefeated Miami presents the next challenge. Players on both teams do not need extra motivation. Each player knows the importance. Each team knows what the rivalry means to fans. Motivation will be plentiful. For Florida State, the challenge will be managing emotions and staying within the game plan. Players can't let the rivalry dictate how they play.

Florida State needs to play as they have done all year. The players need to continue trusting each other and the coaches. Yes, this is an enormous emotional rivalry with an amazing history. Emotion alone doesn't win games. History doesn't win games. With so much on the line for both teams, execution is king.

For the fans, well, we don't play the game. The spread shouldn't have an impact on Doak's atmosphere. For those going to the game, get there early and make NOISE. Miami so rarely gets to see what home field advantage is all about. Let's remind them.

Game Coverage

Preview and Prediction

Opponent Blogger Q&A with State of the U.

Bud Elliot looks at what Miami's ideal game plan should look like.

Bill Connelly explains why Miami has no room for error.

There's going to be a ton of high school talent visiting Florida State for the game. Check out the list here.

Miami at Florida State Game Thread

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter/Halftime

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Other Games

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Virginia Tech looks to bounce back after a ridiculous loss to Duke last week. If VT wants to stay in the ACC race, they can't afford to lose to a scrappy Boston College team. Virginia Tech is only a 5 point favorite. Should be a good game and is meaningful for the ACC championship picture. The rest of the noon games feature a maze of ACC and B1G games that should be navigated carefully.

Georgia and Florida square off at 3:30 in Jacksonville. Unfortunately for both fan bases, this one is mostly about bragging rights. Both teams have a lot of injures. Both teams are 4-3. Florida's offense is awful and looks worse each week. Luckily for them, Georgia's defense isn't exactly stout. This could be a low scoring, ugly game (UGA favored by 3). We'll all watch because it is still Georgia and Florida.* Michigan and Michigan State also play in the afternoon slot. True, these team's feature better records and both are ranked. Also true, with the match-ups in this game, it could be just as ugly as UF vs UGA.

All games, times, and network information:

Noon ET Army, 3-5 at Air Force, 1-7 ESPNU
Noon ET Virginia Tech, 6-2 at Boston College, 3-4 ABC or ESPN2
Noon ET No. 24 Wisconsin, 5-2 at Iowa, 5-3 ABC or ESPN2
Noon ET Southern Miss, 0-7 at Marshall, 4-3 CBSSN
Noon ET Illinois, 3-4 at Penn State, 4-3 ESPN
Noon ET No. 4 Ohio State, 8-0 at Purdue, 1-6 Big Ten Network
Noon ET Temple, 1-7 at Rutgers, 4-3 SNY, MASN, Altitude
Noon ET No. 17 Northern Illinois, 8-0 at UMass, 1-7 ESPN Regional,
12:21 p.m. ET Mississippi State, 4-3 at No. 14 South Carolina, 6-2 SEC Network, MSG
12:30 p.m. ET North Carolina, 2-5 at NC State, 3-4 ACC Network
12:30 p.m. ET Wake Forest, 4-4 at Syracuse, 3-4 Regional Sports Networks
1 p.m. ET Western Kentucky, 4-4 at Georgia State, 0-8 CSS,, Sun Belt Network
1 p.m. ET Middle Tennessee, 4-4 at UAB, 2-5 FOX College Sports
3:30 p.m. ET Kent State, 2-7 at Akron, 2-7
3:30 p.m. ET Arizona, 5-2 at California, 1-7 Pac-12 Network
3:30 p.m. ET Georgia, 4-3 vs. Florida, 4-3 CBS
3:30 p.m. ET Minnesota, 6-2 at Indiana, 3-4 Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET Iowa State, 1-6 at Kansas State, 3-4 Fox Sports 1
3:30 p.m. ET Northwestern, 4-4 at Nebraska, 5-2 Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. ET Navy, 4-3 at No. 25 Notre Dame, 6-2 NBC
3:30 p.m. ET West Virginia, 3-5 at TCU, 3-5 ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET Kansas, 2-5 at Texas, 5-2 Longhorn Network
3:30 p.m. ET UTSA, 3-5 at Tulsa, 2-5 CSS
3:30 p.m. ET No. 8 Clemson, 7-1 at Virginia, 2-6 ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET No. 21 Michigan, 6-1 at No. 22 Michigan State, 7-1 ABC
4 p.m. ET San Jose State, 4-3 at UNLV, 5-3, Mountain West Network
4 p.m. ET Hawaii, 0-7 at Utah State, 4-4 CBSSN
5 p.m. ET Tulane, 6-2 at FAU, 2-6 ESPN 106.3
5 p.m. ET Texas State, 5-3 at Idaho, 1-7 Altitude
5 p.m. ET New Mexico State, 1-7 at UL Lafayette, 5-2
6 p.m. ET No. 11 Auburn, 7-1 at Arkansas, 3-5 ESPN2
6 p.m. ET East Carolina, 5-2 at FIU, 1-6 WITN
7 p.m. ET Pittsburgh, 4-3 at Georgia Tech, 5-3 ESPNU
7 p.m. ET Tennessee, 4-4 at No. 9 Missouri, 7-1 ESPN
7 p.m. ET No. 18 Oklahoma State, 6-1 at No. 15 Texas Tech, 7-1 FOX
7 p.m. ET Eastern Michigan, 1-7 at Toledo, 5-3
7:30 p.m. ET Alabama State, 6-2 at Kentucky, 1-6 CSS,
7:30 p.m. ET Arkansas State, 3-4 at South Alabama, 3-4
7:30 p.m. ET Colorado, 3-4 at No. 20 UCLA, 5-2 Fox Sports 1
8 p.m. ET Boise State, 5-3 at Colorado State, 4-4 CBSSN
8 p.m. ET No. 7 Miami, 7-0 at No. 3 Florida State, 7-0 ABC
8 p.m. ET New Mexico, 2-5 at San Diego State, 3-4 FSN, ROOT
9 p.m. ET UTEP, 1-6 at No. 12 Texas A&M, 6-2 ESPN2
10:30 p.m. ET Nevada, 3-5 at No. 16 Fresno State, 7-0 ESPNU

*If you don't want to watch and would rather mentally and physically prepare for THE game, that is acceptable.