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How and what to watch for Florida State vs. Miami

Florida State will be without head coach Mike Norvell on Saturday as he tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The Miami Hurricanes are riding high after an impressive showing against the Louisville Cardinals, while the Florida State Seminoles are looking for a bounce-back win after a season-opening loss.

Miami beat Louisville 47-34 on Saturday night in the first game among ranked opponents so far in the 2020 season. The Hurricanes moved up to No. 12 in the latest rankings. Louisville struggled to stop Miami’s offense as D’Eriq King threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Running back Cam’Ron Harris rushed for 134 yards on nine carries with a touchdown.

Florida State is heading into its second game in the Mike Norvell era. Unfortunately, he tested positive for the coronavirus and will not be traveling to Miami for the game. That’s a tough loss for the Seminoles, which put together a poor showing in their season opener, a 16-13 loss to Georgia Tech. Quarterback James Blackman threw for 198 yards on 23 of 43 passing with a touchdown and interception. He also lost a pair of fumbles in the loss.

The Hurricanes won the last three games of this series including a 27-10 road win in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. This game will appear on ABC.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Florida State (+11.5) vs. Miami
Point Total: O/U 53.5 (-110)
Money line: Florida State (+375), Miami (-500)

  • Florida State is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games.
  • Florida State hit the under eight times in its last 11 games.
  • Miami is 16-4 in its last 20 home games.
  • Unders hit in eight of the last nine times these two teams played.

The Best Bet

Yes it’s not a fun way to bet, we’re going to go with the under in this one. It’s tough to find a reason Florida State’s offense would improve drastically, and Miami’s 47 points against Louisville is a bit deceiving as plenty of those were scored with nobody even close to the Hurricanes’ pass catchers on plays that were clearly busted coverages.

Pick: Under 53.5

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