JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State is gearing up for Saturday night's primetime matchup against rival Miami. FSU has won five straight and eight of the last 10 against the Hurricanes. Jimbo Fisher is 5-0 against Miami since taking over as the head coach at Florida State and there's no down playing just how big of a game this is.
"They know the Miami rivalry," Fisher said about his team. "They know what it means. [Miami] has a great program. We've got a great program. We have a lot of respect for them. They have a lot of respect for us. Two teams are going to go play their tails off. They definitely do that."
The Seminoles enter Saturday's game with a 4-0 record but they're banged up following last weekend's 24-16 win at Wake Forest. Starting running back Dalvin Cook injured his hamstring in the win and was held out of Monday's practice. Fisher has called him "day-to-day."
Hamstring issues are usually tricky injuries so FSU will likely be cautious with Cook's recovery plan. The sophomore is averaging 142.5 yards rushing per game and has six touchdowns this season. If he's unable to play sophomore Johnathan Vickers and freshman Jacques Patrick are the next two running backs on the depth chart.
Running the ball has been a strength for Miami this season. They're averaging 175 yards on the ground per game this season.
"They move the ball very well," said Fisher. "They're running the ball good with [running backs] Joe Yearby and Mark Walton. They've got a nice offense. They do a good job."
Miami averaged 42 points per game through their first three games this season (all wins). The Hurricanes suffered their first defeated of the season last Thursday, losing 34-23 at Cincinnati.