Saturday’s matchup between Florida State and Miami will bring with it a rare occurrence inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
For just the seventh time this millennium, FSU will enter a game as an underdog at home with the line currently set at Miami -3 after the Seminoles opened as one-point favorites.
Of those six games, FSU has won just one of them, a 10-7 win over Miami in 2005. That also happens to be the last time the Hurricanes were favored in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles are 3-3 against the spread in those six games as home underdogs.
You don’t have to go back that far to find the last occurrence. It was last season when Clemson played at FSU, winning 37-34 in controversial fashion.
Before that, the last one was in 2011 when Oklahoma traveled to Tallahassee, a 23-13 loss for FSU.
A pair of games against Tebow-led Florida teams precede that in 2006 and 2008.
The first instance this century came in 2001 when Miami, the eventual national champions, came into Tallahassee and won convincingly, 49-27. This was the last time UM won as an underdog in a road game against FSU.
History may not be on the Seminoles’ side historically come Saturday, but Miami finds itself in rare company as well and has not accomplished what it will set out to do in 16 years.