Greg Cote

Sorry, Canes, the Noles are still better. Here’s why

Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook runs after catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against University of Miami Hurricanesat Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday October 8, 2016, in Miami Gardens.
Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook runs after catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against University of Miami Hurricanesat Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday October 8, 2016, in Miami Gardens. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

The evidence is anecdotal, not proof -- it's just a list -- but it is the latest indication why Florida State was voted to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in the preseason media poll and why the Seminoles remain the primary roadblock to the Miami Hurricanes' return to national prominence.

ESPN's annual national ranking of the top 50 players in college football by a panel of 19 experts features five FSU players including the No. 1 overall, while UM has none.

University of Miami Hurricanes take the field for their game against Florida State Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.

Seminoles listed are safety Derwin James No. 1, quarterback Deondre Francois 11th, defensive end Josh Sweat 24th, cornerback Tarvarus McFadden 25th and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi 50th.

Oddly (based on the top 50 disparity), Miami had more players named to the preseason All-ACC team than did FSU, 4-3. The Noles placed James, McFadden and center Alec Eberle, while the Canes placed receiver Ahmmon Richards, running back Mark Walton, linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and placekicker Michael Badgley. That may not accurately speak of overall talent, though. FSU had 22 different players draw 725 total All-ACC votes, while Miami had 14 players draw 441 votes.

University of Miami coach Mark Richt recaps the teams loss to the Florida State Seminoles, 20-19, at Hard Rock Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.

Florida State has beaten Miami seven games in a row. The teams meet Sept. 16 in Tallahassee.

University of Miami's coach Mark Richt says Mark Waltons' third quarter touchdown run was one of the greatest he has ever seen. Walton says it's time to move on from their loss to the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 8,

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