Florida State Seminoles Ranked No. 25 After Defeat Of Miami, 23-19

The Florida State Seminoles beat their in-state rival by four points, return to BCS rankings.

  • Live
10 Total Updates since November 10, 2011
  • Updates 9
  • Articles 1
  • All Updates 10

2011 Bowl Predictions: Current Projections Place Florida In Chick-fil-A Bowl, Florida State In Champs Sports Bowl

Despite their 23-19 win over in-state foe Miami, the Florida State Seminoles (7-3, 5-2) are still currently projected to play in the Champs Sports Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, just as they were one week ago. Florida State has won five straight games since struggling early in the season, but Clemson's win Saturday night means the Seminoles have no chance to win the Coastal Division of the ACC, meaning no ACC Championship Game and no possibility of a BCS Bowl berth.

The Florida Gators (5-5, 3-5 SEC) fell to the .500 mark on Saturday after a 17-12 loss to South Carolina. Florida is currently slotted to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but the Gators need to win at least one more game this season to even be bowl eligible.

Here are current bowl projections for Florida and Florida State:

Champs Sports Bowl, December 29, 2011

Notre Dame vs. Florida State

Chick-fil-A, December 31, 2011

Virginia Tech vs. Florida

For more 2011 bowl projections, check out SB Nation's college football hub. For a complete bowl schedule, click here. For more on the Gators, be sure to visit Alligator Army. For all your Florida State news and notes, pop over to Tomahawk Nation.

Continue

Miami Vs. Florida State Final: Noles Capitalize On Miami Mistakes, Win 23-19

After the Florida State Seminoles struggled offensively through the first half with just 59 yards of offense but a 17-7 lead thanks to special teams and Miami mistakes, their offense got going in the second half. When the fourth quarter started, quarterback E.J. Manuel had completed 11 of 12 passes for 119 yards, twice as much as the first half. The Noles offense was able to move down the field on the Hurricanes defense, while the Hurricanes offense was stifled by the Noles defensive line.

Once wide receiver Tommy Streeter was knocked out of the game with a knee injury, the Hurricanes couldn't seem to get anything going offensively until the middle of the fourth quarter. Miami mounted a drive thanks to a nifty 28-yard scramble by Jacory Harris. Two plays later, the Hurricanes punched the ball in from the goal line to shrink FSU's lead to 23-13 after a failed two-point conversion.

Florida State put the game away on the ensuing drive after freshman Devonta Freeman picked up a first down on a 15-yard run to keep time ticking off the clock. The Noles gave the ball back to Miami with a little over three minutes left however, and assisted by some penalties including a questionable call on linebacker Nigel Bradham that had him ejected from the game. The Hurricanes made the score respectable with the late touchdown on the drive, but couldn't get the onside kick.

Florida State improves to 7-3 on the season with the 23-19 win.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor Crew. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

Continue

Miami Vs. Florida State Score Update: Noles Hold 20-7 Lead, Driving To Start Fourth Quarter

Florida State opened up the second half with what looked like another long kick return for a touchdown, but a holding call brought the play back. Florida State marched down the field however, on the arm of quarterback E.J. Manuel, including a 33-yard reception by wide receiver Bert Reed to put the Noles to the Miami 29-yard line. Manuel hit wide receiver Kenny Shaw for 13-yards a few plays later to get to the 9-yard line. The Hurricanes defense held strong however, and held the Noles to a field goal pushing their lead to 20-7.

The teams traded punts back and forth after stalled drives. Another Miami drive was stopped short and the Hurricanes punted, Greg Reid had another sensation return, but a questionable roughing the punter personal foul gave the Hurricanes a first down and new life. Miami shot themselves in the foot with penalties however and punted again.

Florida State got the football back and connected on their first two passes, including a 14-yard pass to Christian Green to close out the third quarter. FSU holds a 20-7 lead and are driving.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor Crew. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

Continue

Miami Vs. Florida State Halftime Update: Noles Lead 17-7 With Just 59 Yards On Offense

The Florida State Seminoles started off the second quarter by nearly giving up a safety. Quarterback E.J. Manuel threw a pass while falling into the endzone and was flagged for intentional grounding, which results in a safety if it's called in the endzone. The play was rightfully reviewed, as Manuel was on the 1-yard line when he threw the ball, and was originally up-held and ruled a safety. After some confusion however, the correct call was made and the Noles punted the football out of their own endzone once again.

Miami began their next drive in FSU territory and marched right down the football field. Jacory Harris connected with tight end Clive Walford in the endzone for a touchdown to go up 7-3. The Noles got the football back in excellent field position thanks to a big Greg Reid kick return and FSU picked up their first first down of the day on the next play when E.J. Green hit Christian Green on a crossing route for 24-yards.  Four plays later, Manuel connected with wide receiver Rodney Smith for a touchdown, Smith made a great catch with two defenders hitting him on the play, putting FSU back in the lead 10-7.

Miami got the football back with a little five minutes left in the game, but their drive bogged down and they were forced to punt with about a minute left. Ever dangerous return man Greg Reid fielded a bouncing punt and hit a crease, then was gone. Reid returned the ball 83 yards for a touchdown. Florida State nearly tacked on more points when Miami running back Lamar Miller fumbled the ball, giving FSU a chance at field goal that was missed.

FSU takes a 17-3 lead into halftime, despite being out gained 199-59.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor Crew. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

Continue

Jacory Harris Injury: Miami Quarterback Goes Down Before Halftime

With just under a minute left in the game following a Greg Reid 83-yard punt return for a touchdown, Jacory Harris dropped back to pass and was sacked by Brandon Jenkins. On the play, Jenkins got around the Miami left tackle and chased Harris down from behind. Harris took the shot and went down awkwardly, injuring his back. Harris was on the ground for a while and had to be helped off the field. Harris left for the locker room prior to the end of the half.

Outside of an interception early in the endzone, Harris was having a good game prior to the injury. Harris had thrown for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Replacing Harris will be back up Stephen Morris, who has been playing in some packages in the game already.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor Crew. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

Continue

Miami Vs. Florida State: Mistakes Mar First Quarter, Noles Lead 3-0

The start of the game was nearly a disaster for the Miami Hurricanes when quarterback Jacory Harris completed a pass to Travis Benjamin, who looked like he fumbled the football with Florida State returning the ball for a touchdown. After a lengthy review, the call was overturned. FSU eventually forced the Hurricanes to punt, but went three-and-out on offense. The Noles did pin the Hurricanes on the 1-yard line, but Miami mounted a drive.

The Hurricanes marched right down the field using both quarterback Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris. On third-and-14 on the 15-yard line, Jacory Harris threw a bad interception in the endzone, giving the football right back to Florida State. The Noles did nothing on the drive and averted disaster when E.J. Manuel was sacked near the goal line and fumbled the ball. FSU recovered however, and booted the ball out of the endzone.

On the punt, Shawn Powell boomed the ball to midfield where Benjamin overran the ball and touched it chasing it down, letting FSU recover. The Noles went nowhere despite the great field position however, and kicked a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor Crew. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

Continue

Hurricane Warning: What To Expect

The Florida State Seminoles host Miami in a nationally televised matchup this afternoon. (If it's on ABC, it's a big deal, right?) And while this rivalry is not the Iron Bowl, it's the most significant in Florida State's ACC play. Miami enters the week with a 5-4 record (3-3 ACC) and the 'Noles sit 6-3 (4-2 ACC). The Seminoles have the most incentive to play well, seeking a great bowl game and tied for second in their division, while Miami is only seeking redemption for their soiled reputation this year. This may be Miami's last season of prominence for a while, with a death penalty from the NCAA still looming and few recruits higher than two stars. Additionally, Florida State is favored 9.5 points. So this should be easy right? Absolutely not. 

Miami Offense vs. Florida State Defense

Miami was plagued by suspensions at the start of the season, but those players are back. Miami has the best college running back since C.J. Spiller in Lamar Miller, who has already rushed 1,000+ yards and stands 5'11", 215 lbs. as a sophomore. Miami has a quarterback that has learned to choose his passes very, very carefully and has become incredibly efficient. And this season shows they can score well and often, dousing the ranked Georgia Tech 24-7 and forcing turnovers all day long.

Miami has two NFL-bound wide recievers (look for #3 Thomas Benjamin midfield and #8 Tommy Streeter deep), and two stellar running backs to make up for their lack of tight end. They primarily play from the i-formation, which FSU should be ready for with the dominant defensive line and free safety Lamarcus Joyner. The Miami running game capitalizes on man-to-man blocking, which the Seminole defense excels at, and Florida State has three stellar corners (Xavier Rhodes, Greg Reid, Mike Harris) to Miami's two wide outs. Still ranked 12th, the Unconquered defense should be ready.

Worth noting: there's a difference between being ready and the match up being easy. While FSU has the advantage in style, the Hurricane offense is still potent. Keys to winning will be forcing turnovers, locking up the deep ball with good coverage (per our FSU affiliate Tomahawk Nation's description, think "soft cover-3"), limiting the run, and making QB Jacory Harris scramble.

Miami Defense vs. Florida State Offense

As good as Miami's offense has been, their defense has been worse. Ranked lower than Duke, Miami's defense has not shown up all season. The Hurricanes mitigate this problem by playing very, very, very slow football. Seriously, it's like watching the Red Sox play the Yankees. This is where Florida State can capitalize. Playing slow means a rested and ready defense for FSU, unlike the Oklahoma game. 

The FSU running game will consist of QB E.J. Manuel's legs and freshman Devonta Freeman, and considering Miami has a one-dimensional run defense that's a plus. The air war will continue to use the four wide-out formation to spread the Miami defense thin, and we may even see a few targets on the hopeful tight-end-of-the-future Nick O'Leary, who shined last week with a 63 yard catch down field. 

Miami's defense is also missing key players, including two major players on the D-line (Marcus Forston, Jordan Futch) - though their back ups are not lightweights, likely 350lbs - and their top safety Ray Ray Armstrong has been suspended, moving their best corner Jo Jo Nicolas to his position (and no, not everyone in their secondary has first names that repeat). In other words, Miami will not be able to play man-coverage, so the Seminoles will be facing a lot of zone defense. Add the multi-dimensional run game, and Miami will have no defense deep. The offense will have many options and opportunities. If the Noles keep themselves from turnovers and penalties they can win easily, but they must play smart and take the hand that's dealt by the 'Cane defense. 

So let's go Noles! Let's beat the team Shapiro bought!

Staff Prediction

Florida State 41 - Miami 27

Continue

Miami Vs. Florida State Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Miami Hurricanes (5-4, 3-3 ACC) travel to Tallahassee Saturday afternoon to take on their in-state rival, the Florida Seminoles (6-3, 4-2 ACC). The Hurricanes are looking to avenge a 45-17 beatdown by FSU last year.

Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel will make his first start against the Hurricanes. Miami will be without star safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, suspended from Saturday's game because of a possible NCAA rules violation.

Quirky state: Florida State is 2-10 against Miami when the game is played after November 1.

Here are all the details you need about this afternoon's Seminoles vs. Hurricanes matchup:

Game date, time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, November 12th

Location: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

TV channel: ESPN/ABC, ESPN3

Spread: FSU favored by 9.5 points

Series history: Miami leads, 29-24

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor Crew. Here’s the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

Continue

FSU Vs. Miami: Seminoles Aim To Extend Win Streak Against Rival Hurricanes

The Florida State Seminoles (6-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) host the Miami Hurricanes (5-4, 3-3) this Saturday, Nov. 12, in an ACC showdown. Florida State has won each of its last four games and will look to continue its success against a Miami squad that's impressively won two of its three games against ranked opponents in 2011.

Most recently, the Seminoles easily dispatched the Boston College Eagles, 38-7, behind a strong defensive effort. FSU limited Boston College to 207 yards of offense and forced four turnovers. On offense, quarterback E.J. Manuel proved efficient (12-of-16 completions, 180 yards, one touchdown) and Devonta Freeman scored two rushing touchdowns.

Miami is coming off an easy victory of its own, having handily defeated the Duke Blue Devils, 49-14, to get back on the right track following a loss to the Virginia Cavaliers. Jacory Harris threw three touchdown passes, while running backs Mike James and Lamar Miller each rushed for two scores in a dominant offensive performance.

The Hurricanes lead the all-time series, 29-24, but Florida State has won four of the last six matchups. Last season, the Seminoles coasted to a 45-17 victory. Jermaine Thomas scored the first three touchdowns of the game to give Florida State a 21-0 lead less than halfway through the second period. In addition, Chris Thompson had 14 carries for a whopping 158 yards and one score.

Continue

Florida State Vs. Miami: Hurricanes Suspend Ray Ray Armstrong

The Miami Hurricanes will be without Ray Ray Armstrong when they face the Florida State Seminoles this weekend.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.