PREVIEW: Miami Hurricanes Host In-State Rival Florida State At Hard Rock Stadium
By David Villavicencio, HurricanesSports.com // October 5, 2018
Miami leads the series 32–30
ABOVE VIDEO: Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from Hard Rock Stadium.
MIAMI, FLORIDA (Miami Hurricanes) – The Miami Hurricanes have their eyes set on a second consecutive appearance in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 1, and a win in Thursday’s game will get the Canes one step closer to Charlotte.
Coming off a 47-10 win over North Carolina at Hard Rock Stadium in its ACC opener last time out on Sept. 27, No. 17/17 Miami opens its month of October with its annual rivalry game against Florida State on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from Hard Rock Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ABC.
The Hurricanes carry a slight 32-30 lead in the rivalry series all-time, with Florida State leading, 20-16, in games played in Miami or Miami Gardens. In the 2017 matchup between the two teams, a touchdown grab from wide receiver Darrell Langham with six seconds left gave UM a miraculous 24-20 win.
Florida State is under the direction of head coach Willie Taggart who has a compiled a 50-52 overall record and a 3-2 mark with the Seminoles. The Seminoles are coming off a 28-24 win at Louisville last time out; Florida State has won back-to-back games entering Saturday’s matchup.
The Seminoles’ offense is led by wide receiver Nyqwan Murray (25 catches, 345 yards), quarterback Deondre Francois (1,377 passing yards, 9 TDs) and running backs Cam Akers (316 yards, 1 TD). Defensively, Florida State is paced by defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen (40 total tackles) and defensive end Brian Burns (6.5 TFLs, five sacks).
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