In-State Rivalries: FSU vs Miami

November 14, 2014 by SbS Football Staff | with 0 comments

One of best FBS games of the weekend will be in the state of Florida on Saturday night as defending national champion Florida State travels 470 miles southeast to face in-state rival Miami in a huge ACC contest.
Earlier this season we ranked the most competitive in-state rivalries in college football since 2000, and the rivalry between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes ranked number one on our list (full list available here: Best FBS Rivalries Since 2000).

Below we highlight some of the rivalry facts that make it the most competitive since 2000, and we also provide a geographic analysis of how the current rosters for both teams compare.

Series Facts Since 2000
In no particular order, here are 10 facts about the rivalry since the turn of the century.

1. Each team has won 7 games.

2. The overall score of the series is Florida State 371, Miami 343.

3. The Hurricanes average margin of victory has been 7.4 points per game.

4. The Seminoles average margin of victory has been 11.4 points per game.

5. Ten games have been decided by 8 points or less, including eight straight from 2002 to 2009.

6. Seven games have been decided by 4 points or less (or went into overtime).

7. Miami’s longest winning streak is five (2000 to 2004) and FSU’s longest winning streak is four (2010 to current).

8. Five times the team trailing at the end of the third quarter has come back to win (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009).

9. There has been only one overtime game (2004: Miami 16, FSU 10).

10. Six times both teams have been ranked in the top 10 when they met, including last year’s FSU 41 to 14 victory.

Roster Analysis - Players by State
Below are five observations when analyzing the states where the players are from.

1. FSU has 83 players from Florida, while Miami only has 61 from the state.

2. FSU has 15 players from the neighboring states of Georgia and Alabama; Miami only has 7 from the two states.

3. Miami has 9 players from the state of California, while FSU has none.

4. Both teams have a surprising number of players from New Jersey; Miami has 10 and FSU has 5.

5. There are only 2 players between both rosters who are from Texas (both are on FSU).

Roster Analysis - Players from Florida
In addition to looking at what states the players on each roster are from, we took a closer look at how the rosters compare when looking at the specific players from the state of Florida.
Below are five observations when analyzing where the players from Florida are from.

1. There are 33 players from Miami-Dade County (22 on Miami and 11 on FSU).

Approximately 40% of the Miami roster and 25% of the FSU roster is from southern Florida.

There are 17 players from the Tampa area (9 on FSU and 8 on Miami).

There are only 5 Florida natives on the Miami roster who are from north of the Orlando area.

FSU has 10 players from the Tallahassee area; Miami has none.