CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Florida State was empowered. Miami was
When the Seminoles' 45-17 romp was complete Saturday night,
linebacker Kendall Smith took a pair of scissors and cut a couple
of small pieces of sod to take back to Tallahassee - a Florida
State tradition after big road victories.
And Sunday morning delivered another cut to Miami: The
Hurricanes are out of the AP Top 25, while Florida State rose to
No. 16, matching its best spot in the poll since September 2006.
So once again, the Hurricanes find themselves at a midseason
crossroads. They're 3-0 against unranked teams, outscoring those
foes 106-24. They're 0-2 against ranked teams, losing those games
by a combined 81-41. And if that wasn't enough, quarterback Jacory
Harris was limping for most of the game against Florida State.
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