Football ‘Noles Begin Miami Week Preparation

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Turning the page on the victory over Boston College, the 12th-ranked Florida State football team began preparation for Saturday night’s 57th renewal of the storied rivalry with the University of Miami. The two teams will meet at Sun Life Stadium, with kickoff set for 8 p.m., before a split national television audience on ABC.

Though the series dates to 1951, when both programs competed as independents, this will mark the ninth time the Seminoles and Hurricanes will square off as Atlantic Coast Conference rivals. Florida State (6-1, 3-1 ACC) holds a 5-3 advantage in league meetings against Miami (4-3, 3-1).

“That’s one of the big games that you’re here for at Florida State,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, who followed the rivalry long before he became a part of it as an assistant with the Seminoles in 2007. “That is one of the great rivalries in college football. There’s history; a lot of tradition. It means a lot to us. I know that. That’s one of those battles that you have to be aware of. It means a lot to the people here and a lot to the players that played here. It’s always a great game. “

It is the third of six consecutive ACC games for the Seminoles, and one neither team can afford to lose in order to stay in contention for the conference championship game.

Miami leads the all-time series 31-25, but the Seminoles have won five of the last seven meetings and hold a narrow 17-16 edge played on the Hurricanes’ home turf.

Manuel earns second ACC Player of the Week honor
Florida State senior quarterback EJ Manuel was honored as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week, following his performance in the Seminoles’ 51-7 home victory over Boston College. Manuel passed for a career-high 439 yards and matched his career-high with four touchdown passes in the victory. It was the 10th-best single-game passing yardage mark in FSU history. He also established a new career best with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw for FSU’s first score of the game. Manuel was previously honored following his performance in FSU’s win over Clemson.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that the Seminoles’ Oct. 27 home game against Duke will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU…EJ Manuel has been selected as one of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented to the nation’s top senior quarterback. Manuel is one of five ACC quarterbacks to make the cut for the prestigious award.

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