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Florida State vs. Miami 2016: Start time, live stream, TV schedule and 3 things to know

Let’s finally find out if Miami’s actually good.

NCAA Football: Miami at Florida State Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 Miami’s looked good this season. They’ve crushed inferior teams and avoided potential potholes against Appalachian State and Georgia Tech. But now Florida State comes to town, and the level of talent in the opposition is going to immediately ratchet up for the Canes.

On the Miami side, the game feels like 2013 all over again. The Canes are undefeated, but we’re really not sure yet what they are or if they can keep it up. On the Florida State side, things couldn’t be farther from what they were four years ago. The Noles have been bad on defense, but according to Tomahawk Nation, that has a lot to do with the defenses FSU has faced.

Florida State went on the road and faced Lamar Jackson, arguably still the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy even after a loss at Clemson. It faced Chad Kelly, one of the best QBs in the country. It faced Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina, who has a 13-0 TD/INT ratio, 76 percent completions and four rushing touchdowns as well. All three are legitimate NFL prospects. And it played Quentin Flowers, a dynamic college QB who is a better runner than thrower. When Flowers is the fourth best QB a college defenses sees in five weeks, that really says something.

The Seminoles have different goals now that the Playoff is out of the picture, and it certainly seems like the ACC Atlantic race is out as well. Now it’s a contest for pride, and we’ll see who can win that battle.

Weather information


How to watch, stream and listen

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC. The broadcasters are Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Samantha Ponder.

Radio: Florida State and Miami

Online streaming: WatchESPN

Spread: The Hurricanes are a 3-point favorite in the rivalry tilt.

Make friends: Get to SB Nation's team blog chats for this game at Tomahawk Nation (for Florida State folks) and State Of The U (for Canes fans).

Three big things to know

  1. Florida State is currently on a six-game winning streak in the rivalry, and are 8-11 over Miami dating back to 2005. The current winning streak is the second-longest any team has had in a series that goes back to 1951. The last two games have seen FSU win by a combined nine points. This seems like Miami's best chance to win a game in the rivalry in quite a while,
  2. Miami has struggled against ranked teams since 2002. Overall, Mark Richt has done will against ranked opponents, but in the late stages of his tenure at Georgia, Richt struggled. He’s 13-17 against ranked opponents between 2011-15. Richt was fired at Georgia, in part, because he couldn't win games like this. When his teams looked good and took care of business against inferior opponents they would ride high into games against the upper echelon of the SEC and lose. They would also lose to bitter rival Florida (RIcht won only five times in 15 seasons in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party). Will things change in Richt's new gig?
  3. After all that, still need to get hyped up for this game? Watch this, and you’ll get there. Historic highlights of an awesome rivalry game set to rap music are always enough to get us up for a big game:


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