The Miami Hurricanes football team enters FSU week ranked No. 13 in the AP poll. This week they take on the Seminoles in Tallahassee looking to break their 7-game losing streak to FSU.
Miami is rolling now having won eight consecutive games dating back to last season. The Hurricanes have played better in each game and are coming off of their most complete performance, a 31-6 win against Duke in Durham. They will face their toughest challenge so far in FSU and must respond on the road again. A win here can really set them up in the ACC Coastal, a loss will again cast doubt whether they can win the big one.
The Seminoles meanwhile are reeling and if it wasn’t for a last second touchdown against Wake Forest they would be 0-3. FSU finally showed signs of life in the running game finishing with 149 yards on the ground.
Freshman quarterback James Blackman has had an up and down season for the Seminoles. He finished with just 121 passing yards against Wake Forest but did lead them on the game-winning drive late in the game. If FSU has any shot against a stout Hurricanes front seven, they will have to get production from their running game.
Meanwhile Miami quarterback Malik Rosier has taken control of the ‘Canes offense and has shown great poise so far. His dual-threat capabilities make him a dynamic weapon and his passing accuracy has steadily improved. An area of concern for Miami is the health of lead tailback Mark Walton who has been banged up in every game. His backup Travis Homer has really stepped up and been a consistent contributor, so if Walton can’t go he will get the nod.
Look for Miami to stack the box on defense to stop the run, and for coordinator Manny Diaz to dial up the pressure on Blackman. If Miami can take care of the ball, they should be able to put up points against the Seminoles defense. For FSU they have to have balance on offense and keep the down and distance manageable.
This game is almost always a classic and should be a competitive one. It could present the best shot for Miami to end their losing streak to FSU.
The game can be seen Saturday at 3:30 EST on ABC.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter @MiamiSportsWave