Football teams often seek to downplay the importance of rivalry games in the week beforehand, calling them something to the effect of “just another game.”
But according to a story by Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, the Miami football players have left no doubt that they are especially fired up to take on in-state rival Florida State.
“This is probably the best rivalry in college football,” said Miami senior left tackle Kc McDermott. “The tradition behind it, the history with it, the countless All-Americans and first-round draft picks — this is a huge game. You always want to be one of the guys who’s playing in it.”
The game presents an especially exciting opportunity for the Hurricanes because Florida State has won each of the last seven matchups between the two schools. This year, however, Miami enters the game 3-0 and ranked in the top 15 nationally, while unranked Florida State is 1-2 and playing without injured starting quarterback Deondre Francois.
McDermott and the rest of the Hurricanes are eager to snap their losing streak, but they know better than to underestimate Florida State.
“FSU is never a down team,” said McDermott, whose older brother, Shane, played at Miami from 2010-14 and never beat the Seminoles. “They may have a bad game here and there. They may have some unfortunate issues that arise. But they’re always going to come out, especially against us, and play tough and give us their very best.”
Playing in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium will add to the challenge. Wide receiver Lawrence Cager, who played against Florida State as a freshman in 2015, recalled an “amazing atmosphere.”
“Feels like whenever they make a play, the ground’s, like, shaking,” Cager said.
Defensive end Joe Jackson perhaps summed up the Hurricane players’ mindset entering the game the best.
“We don’t underestimate any opponent,” Jackson said. “It’s still FSU to us. It’s still a game we haven’t won in [seven] years.
“Our mentality is to kick their behinds.”
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