When two top-10 teams get together, especially late in the season, many expect it to be a good, hard-fought game – not a three-touchdown blowout.
But the blowout is exactly what Vegas is predicting when No. 3 Florida State hosts No. 7 Miami this weekend. The 22-point spread (which moved from 21 points) is actually historic.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 29, 2013
Florida State is 7-0 this season and has outscored its opponents 368-91. Only one team has scored more than 17 points on the Seminoles this season (Boston College, 34) and the ‘Noles’ margin of victory hasn’t been fewer than 14 points in any game so far. Florida State has the quintessential top 5 resume.
Miami has built its resume on close wins rather than dominating ones. It defeated Florida by five points early in the season and needed late scores to beat North Carolina and Wake Forest in back-to-back weeks. With the exception of a 15-point win over Georgia Tech, Miami’s other most impressive victories have come against teams with a combined 5-19 record (Florida Atlantic, Savannah State and South Florida).
And Florida State hasn’t wavered in big games like it has in past seasons. It annihilated a Maryland team that many thought would at least put up a fight and decimated No. 3 Clemson in one of the most anticipated games of the season - and that was on the road. There’s no telling how well the Seminoles with play at home knowing they have to win – and win big – to keep their dreams of a national championship berth alive.
While the 22-point spread might seem outrageous, Florida State has already proven it can cover it and then some.
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