Finally we'll have a game this season at Sun Life Stadium that feels like a big-time college football rivalry.
And it is.
FSU Seminoles at Miami Hurricanes -- always a packed house and great time, even if the results of late have left UM fans reeling.
The Seminoles, last I checked, were three-touchdown favorites over the Canes. Wow. The pressure should be on FSU, though I really believe that UM has plenty of it, too, in defending its house and attempting to reverse the slide. Even if Miami loses this game, it can still go on to win the Coastal and qualify for the ACC championship game.
But think how amazing a win would be for this program.
Something to ponder:
* FSU played its first four games at home in Tallahassee, and has only played two games on the road -- USF in Tampa and NC State in Raleigh, N.C. In those games, the 'Noles scored 20 points and 16 (in their only loss), respectively.
Here's some game information for fans:
*FREE POSTER FOR FIRST 10,000
The 1987 national champion Hurricanes will be honored during tonight's Homecoming game, and a free poster of that team will be available for free. There are 10,000 of those posters available. Fans can pick up poster throughout the Fan Zone at Sun Life Stadiu inside the Grand Plaza. Also, the posters will be available at the Miami Herald subscription tables inside the stadium.
* STUDENT BUS SCHEDULE
Buses will leave UM's campus from the BankUnited Center and will begin departing three hours prior to kickoff.
Parking lots will open two hours earlier Saturday. All lots will open at 2 p.m. Preferred tailgate lots (3, 5A) will open at 1 p.m.
All stadium gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Patrons will be wanded for security purposes as they enter the stadium.
Tickets still remain for the game. Ticket offices at Sun Life Stadium will open at 4 p.m. at Gates B, D, F and H. Ticket/media will call will open at 4 p.m. at Gate H.
Canes fans can partake in the walk by forming a human tunnel from Gate H (southwest corner of Sun LIfe Stadium) to Gate A. Make sure you're at Gate H by 6 p.m. if you want to watch the Canes players and coaches and band and spirit squads make their way through your tunnel.
Have fun tonight and be safe.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN