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Canes Seek Revenge Over Florida State

Betting Line Favors Noles By 6.5

9/7/09

Revenge is a dish best served cold; but not in this case. Rivals from the sunny and warm state of Florida are set to do battle. Those two rivals are the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles. Last year’s game resulted in a thrilling 41-39 finish that went in favor of the ‘Noles. The ‘Canes are out to extract some sweet revenge on the road. The line stands at -6, with Florida State as the favorite. This is one game you don’t want to miss.

Starting out the year with a winning record will be very hard for the Miami Hurricanes. They open the season against four top 25 teams. Starting on the right foot with a win over Florida State would be a huge step in the right direction. Coach Randy Shannon believes this won’t be a problem, because he thinks his program is among the 10 best in the country. I’ll quote a good friend in response to that; easy cowboy.

Miami has a tough task here, but the talent is there for them to pull off the upset. They are returning 6 starters on each side of the ball. This is a young team with a strong defense. Eric Minour at DE and Randy Phillips at SS are two of the better players on the team. Both were granted sixth year eligibility. QB Jacory Harris is going to have to step his game up. He played well enough last year, but this team needs more production from him. Mark Whipple will whip the offense into shape. He was the QB coach behind Ben Roethlisberger and is beginning his first year as offensive coordinator with the ‘Canes. Don’t underestimate the effect he will have on the team.

Christian Ponder has impressed in practice for the Florida State Seminoles, but they will need him to get it done on the field. That is something he struggled to do last year. He has a great offensive line protecting him. That line will also open up possibilities for RB Jermaine Thomas. He is drawing comparisons to FSU alum Leon Washington. The ‘Noles will rely on him to have a big game in this event. The WR corps has serious character issues and lacks a playmaker. This doesn’t bode well, and if Miami shuts them down it will be bad news for Florida State.

CB Patrick Robinson leads the Seminoles defense. He was named team MVP during spring drills this year. He is complimented by Jamie Robinson at FS. Both are good players, but they need to pull down more interceptions this year. That has been a problem for Florida State in the recent past. Their Turnover Margin was +0 last season.

It will be interesting to see how the Seminoles handle the run. They don’t have a dominate DE and the line is nothing special on the whole. Miami RB Graig Cooper looks set for a big year. If he flies out of the gate it will be bad news for Florida State. Shutting him down is a must.

Florida State is a solid favorite at -6. The Hurricanes have more to prove after losing to FSU last year. However, playing on the road may be too much for them to overcome. I like Florida State to outclass them and pull down a victory to start the year. The Seminoles are just too classy for Miami. The O/U is interesting at 48.5. Based off last year’s score I would take the over in this event. I doubt it will be very hard for them to combine for 48.5 points. Regardless of which team you bet, this is going to be a great game to watch!

 

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