It's here, Florida State and Miami square off in just a few hours as one of college football's greatest rivalries finally returns to form. Florida State University set a new record for media credentials issued this week. Both teams are in the top ten. ESPN's College Gameday was here. On paper this should be a great game.
Vegas disagrees. The Seminoles are 22-point favorites in this one. A lot of people shrug that off -- and admittedly it's a little bit of a gray area when you ask a college athlete to comment on a betting line -- but Vegas oddsmakers don't just throw darts at boards and jot down the corresponding numbers. There's a reason these multi-million dollar operations have chosen to put so much faith in the folks they pay to determine these things. Somebody said to me the other day that if you take the logos off the sides of the helmets and just look from an analytical standpoint that this game shouldn't be close. That's what oddsmakers do and they would agree.
But as Jimbo Fisher so commonly reminds people, sports are not scripted entertainment -- it's competition. And that means anything could happen.
Here's some pregame reading:
A Look Back: Uncle Luke and Devonta
FSU Receivers Taking Pride in Their Blocking
Defense Starting to Mix Things Up
The Tao of Jaboo [Miami Week]
Jameis' Cool Rubbing Off on Teammates [From Print]
Jameis Winston on Pace to Rewrite FSU Record Books
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