The Florida State Seminoles could have blown out arch-rival Miami in Saturday night's primetime showdown in Tallahassee. But due to some missed opportunities, especially early on, FSU had to grind out a 29-24 victory over the 'Canes.
That said, no win against a bitter rival is a bad one, and, in fact, the 'Noles actually notched a significant long-term milestone against the Hurricanes in the most recent chapter of one of college football's most heated rivalries.
FSU's 2015 win over Miami not only made it six straight against its ACC foe from Coral Gables, but it also means the Seminoles have now won 9 of their last 11 against UM (beginning in 2005)-- a feat neither team had previously accomplished in this rivalry that dates back to 1951. The longest winning streak FSU has ever claimed over Miami could also be expanded soon: between 1963 and 1972, Florida State won seven straight against the Hurricanes.
That mark seems quite in jeopardy, as the 'Noles, in what many deemed a "rebuilding year" that nevertheless finds them now 5-0 almost midway through 2015, should elevate their game in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, whereas Miami looks to be on the brink of a coaching change that could once again disrupt what little momentum it had and possibly see more south Florida recruits pack their bags for Tallahassee.