Will there be a top-10 team in the Miami-Florida State game this year?
The Associated Press poll, which comes out at 2 p.m. Sunday, could see the Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 ACC) rise to No. 10 after a win at Georgia Tech. That’s no guarantee; Miami was 14th entering last week.
What is guaranteed: Florida State, after losing at home to North Carolina, is due for a fall. The Seminoles (3-2, 0-2) were 12th before UNC’s last-second field goal gave FSU its second conference loss.
I have the Hurricanes 10th in my AP ballot. I ranked the Seminoles 20th.
The coaches’ poll comes out at noon, about a half-hour after the Football Writers’ Association of America top 16 (I have a vote in that; I always submit the first 16 teams from my AP ballot).
We’ll update this blog post as the polls come out.
The in-state rivals kick off at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC. The game is at Hard Rock Stadium.
Miami, which hasn’t won this matchup since 2009, was No. 7 when it lost 41-14 at No. 3 FSU in 2013. Florida State was ranked in the top 10 in each of the last three meetings. It was No. 2 when it beat unranked Miami 30-26 in Miami Gardens in 2014, and No. 8 in last year’s 29-24 win in Tallahassee.
The last time Miami was ranked higher than FSU in a meeting of the rivals was 2010, when No. 13 Miami lost 45-17 at home to No. 23 FSU.
Miami is 31-29 against FSU. This will be the 61st meeting of the teams.