A decade ago, the annual matchup between Florida State and Miami was considered one of the top rivalries in college football. Today, with both programs on their way back from drop-offs, some of the national hype surrounding the game has diminished. But it’s still just as big to FSU and Miami.
“I think it’s one of the best [rivalries] in the history of the game,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “This is one of the reasons you come to Florida State to play. They’re No. 1 on their side [of the ACC], we’re second on our side. A lot of implications in the state. To us, it’s one of the major, major games of the year, and a huge game for us.”
Another benefit of winning the FSU-Miami game is recruiting.
“It is a very important game because it does bring justification for a young man to leave Miami and come to Tallahassee and do some of those things,” Fisher said. “It is always good. The people in the state always look at how those games go and always have gone.”