Regardless of the outcome, a long winning streak will end Saturday when second-ranked Florida State plays No. 9 Miami at the Orange Bowl.
A Miami victory would snap Florida State's 14-game winning streak, longest in the nation and second best in Seminole history. A Florida State win would halt Miami's 33-game winning streak at the Orange Bowl, the best home mark in the country.In this series, though, the home field hasn't been an advantage. Florida State holds a 12-10 edge at the Orange Bowl, while Miami has won nine of 11 games played at Tallahassee.
There's another unusual twist to this rivalry - the last three seasons, the game has cost one of the teams a perfect record.
Last year, Florida State handed Miami its only loss - 24-10 at Tallahassee. In 1987 and 1988, Miami handed Florida State its only losses.
One other statistical note: A Florida State win would give Bobby Bowden his 200th career victory, a plateau reached by only 10 other major college coaches.
Florida State is 4-0 this season, but has yet to play a big-time opponent. Miami is 2-1, with wins over California and Iowa after an opening loss to Brigham Young.
Both teams feature high-powered offenses. Miami is averaging 40 points and 512 yards per game, while Florida State is averaging 41 points and 424 yards.
Although both teams have impressive defensive stats, expect a high-scoring game. Miami is favored by 6 points. MIAMI 38-28.
Stanford (plus 17 1/2) at No. 1 Notre Dame: Lou Holtz has never lost to a Pac-10 team. NOTRE DAME 32-17.
No. 3 Michigan (minus 26 1/2) at Wisconsin: The Wolverines have won eight straight against the Badgers. MICHIGAN 48-14.
Louisiana Tech (no line) at No. 5 Auburn: Sure cure for Pat Dye's stomachache. AUBURN 52-21.
No. 7 Oklahoma (minus 23) at Oklahoma St.: The Sooners and Cowboys are heading in opposite directions. OKLAHOMA 42-10.
No. 8 Nebraska (minus 28 1/2) at Kansas St.: K-State is off to its best start since 1982. NEBRASKA 40-14.
LSU (plus 12 1/2) at No. 10 Florida: LSU can't make it two upsets in a row. FLORIDA 38-10.
No. 12 Colorado (minus 15) at Missouri: Missouri is coming off a big win over Arizona State COLORADO 35-24.
No. 13 Illinois (even) at No. 20 Ohio St.: Lightning won't strike twice at Ohio Stadium. OHIO ST. 21-20.
No. 13 Houston (minus 13) at Baylor: David "The Slinger" Klingler is putting up Andre Ware-type numbers. HOUSTON 34-24.
Washington St. (plus 15 1/2) at No. 15 Southern Cal: Southern Cal won last year's game on a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final seconds. SOUTHERN CAL 34-21.
Georgia (plus 9 1/2) at No. 16 Clemson: Nine of the last 11 meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. CLEMSON 20-17.
No. 17 Washington (minus 7) at Arizona St.: Both teams are coming off their first loss. WASHINGTON 24-21.
Iowa (plus 9 1/2) at No. 18 Michigan St.: Father vs. son. Brian Vooletich, whose father Milan is an Iowa assistant coach, plays safety for Michigan State. MICHIGAN ST. 21-17.
Texas Tech (plus 18) at No. 19 Texas A&M: Aggies rebound from loss to LSU. TEXAS A&M 38-14.
Utah St. (no line) at No. 22 Oregon: Duck hunting season is over. OREGON 42-17.
No. 23 Georgia Tech (even) at Maryland: Maryland is 3-2, but the two losses are to Clemson and Michigan. MARYLAND 20-17.
No. 25 Arizona (plus 4) at UCLA: The teams with the two longest scoring streaks in the country. ARIZONA 27-21.