Even though my wife has disrespected me in advance of the FSU/Miami game… at least the Chopping Block has my back.
5. Florida State 17, Miami 6; Nov. 7, 1958
FSU had been playing football for more than a decade and it was still searching for its first triumph against Miami. Then, a half century ago, the Seminoles finally earned that elusive victory. FSU finished the season 7-4, but lost to Oklahoma State in the Bluegrass Bowl.
4. Florida State 10, Miami 7; Sept. 5, 2005
Yes, this was an ugly, ugly, ugly game. But it was also Florida State’s first victory against Miami this decade, and it snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Hurricanes. Plus, the legend of Jenn Sterger was born this game, thanks to one Brent Musberger.
3. Florida State 24, Miami 10; Oct. 28, 1989
Entering this game, FSU had suffered four consecutive defeats against Miami, and the losses particularly stung in 1987 and in ’88. The ’87 game is probably the greatest in the history of the rivalry, and FSU lost it on a failed two-point conversation attempt. In ’88, the Hurricanes stomped on the top-ranked ‘Noles to the tune of 31-0. So this victory in ’89 ended a long streak of futility, and FSU players, coaches and fans could finally smile.
2. Florida State 31, Miami 21; Oct. 9, 1999
This wasn’t a vintage Miami team – the Hurricanes were ranked No. 19 at the time of this meeting – but the top-ranked Seminoles needed to keep their magic alive to do something no FSU team ever had. The ‘Noles did exactly that. Not only did this victory help boost FSU to its first undefeated season, but it was also the fifth consecutive against Miami. In school history, the ‘Noles have only enjoyed one longer streak, and that’s when they won seven consecutive against the ‘Canes from 1963-72 (the series skipped a season here and there back then).
1. Florida State 28, Miami 10; Oct. 9, 1993
There would be no wide right this time. Or no need at all for a late field goal. The Hurricanes came to Doak Campbell Stadium the No. 3 team in the country and FSU handed them a whuppin’. Florida State doesn’t win its first national title without this victory.