In addition to Florida State’s recent dominance in the Miami. which is now at seven straight wins, Jimbo Fisher has been really good against all of the other teams in the state too. Or, should we write, unbeatable?
Yeah, that’s accurate too.
November 24th, 2012. That’s the last time FSU walked off a field a loser to a state school, as Will Muschamp’s Gators got the better of the Noles in the Swamp that day 37-26.
Since then, Fisher’s Seminoles are a sizzling 11 for 11 in games involving a state school and have become the closest think to a dynasty that the state has seen maybe, since Spurrier’s Gators or Bowden’s Nole teams in the late 80’s through the late 90’s.
Now, it should be mentioned that FSU benefited starting in 2013 with eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and his brilliant play. Winston led Florida State to the BCS National Title that year, and then an unbeaten season in 2014 through the ACC Title game. They, then played in the first ever College Football Playoff, where they lost to Oregon in the semi-finals.
All tallied up, it was a 27 game win streak against everyone they played and Winston was eventually the #1 overall by the Bucs in the draft largely because of their massive success.
Still, even without Winston, FSU’s domination of state schools has continued the last two years, too. The Seminoles beat USF decisively in both early season games, then narrowly beat the Canes in their October match-ups and then have finished with regular season wins over their Gainesville rivals, too.
Saturday will be a challenge with freshman James Blackman getting his first taste of the Miami rivalry, but the good news is, he gets the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Another factor is Florida State ran the ball very effectively in their come from behind win over Wake Forest last week.
Also, Canes boss and former Bowden assistant, Mark Richt, is now on the Miami sideline and makes his return on the opposing sideline in Tallahassee with a talented team but also a young largely unproven QB, too.
Oh, and Miami trying to keep the FSU state school streak from reaching an even dozen.
Good luck with that.