Seminoles vs. Hurricanes Odds – NCAAF Rivalry

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Since 1951, the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes have been meeting on the gridiron, with a burning rivalry keeping things interesting following every one of those kickoffs.

Miami holds a slight edge in the overall series, but that never stops the FSU squad from bringing its best in hopes of cutting into that lead. With the next matchup coming in November 2021, the Canes are looking to increase that advantage over the Seminoles, while Florida State would love nothing more than to take its rival down.

As a Florida bettor, you are likely keenly aware of this matchup. Sportsbooks are, too, and they’ll be offering a nice variety of bets for you to check out. Make sure you’re ready by reading this guide on the Florida State-Miami football game to pick up some tips, information, and more.

Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida State Seminoles odds

When the time comes to start betting on the FSU vs. Miami game, you’re going to want to check the latest odds. The live odds feed below has you covered. See odds that you like? Click on them to head to that sportsbook, where you can either sign up for an account if you don’t have one already, or you can make your wager.

Where to bet on Florida State vs. Miami

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On the sportsbook’s homepage, click the button to sign up or create an account. You’ll need to enter some personal information such as your legal name, address, phone number, and Social Security number. Legal sportsbooks will have security measures in place to protect your information.

Accept the terms and conditions, download the sportsbook app if you plan to bet on your phone or tablet, make your first deposit and you’re ready to start betting.

Best bets for Florida State vs. Miami game

If you’re a newcomer to sports betting, here’s a rundown of the three main bets you’ll find for betting on college football games: the moneyline, point spread, and total.

Moneyline

The moneyline bet is popular among newcomers to sports betting. This is largely due to its simplicity. A sportsbook will list the two teams playing and give the moneyline odds for each. You can then bet on either side to win the game.

Easy enough, right? Just remember not to pick based on “gut feeling” or because you’re a fan of one team over the other. As with most sports bets, research is key. Here’s an example of what a moneyline listing could look like at Hard Rock Florida:

Miami Hurricanes(-125)
Florida State Seminoles(+140)

A quick breakdown of what you are seeing shows us that Miami is the favorite to win the game in the eyes of the oddsmakers because the Hurricanes have negative odds. The positive odds indicate that the Seminoles are the underdog.

The closer the two numbers are to zero, the more competitive the sportsbooks expect the game to be. If you see a large difference, the oddsmakers are expecting a one-sided affair.

With negative odds, a bet of the listed amount would win $100 if correct. So, in this example, if you bet a $125 on the Miami Hurricanes and won, you would take home $225. That is your original stake of $125 returned to you, plus your $100 profit.

For positive odds, the number you see is what you could win on a $100 bet. Again, using the example above, we can see that if you placed a $100 wager on the Seminoles and won, your payout would be $240. You’d get your $100 bet back plus your profits.

Point spread

Experienced bettors may turn to the point spread at a higher rate than the moneyline. The spread allows for a game to become more “even” by assigning a number of points to the favorite that they have to exceed for bets on them to win. The underdog’s job is to stop them from winning by that much.

Again, negative numbers indicate the favorite, and positive is for the underdog. Here’s a quick example of a spread bet you could find on the BetMGM Sportsbook app in Florida:

Miami Hurricanes-8.5 (-110)
Florida State Seminoles+8.5 (-110)

We can see the sportsbook has the Canes as the favorite, and for a Hurricanes spread bet to win, they need to win the game by nine or more. If they don’t, then all bets on them lose and payouts go to Florida State bettors.

For example, if Miami wins 21-14, then they didn’t cover the spread. A win of 24-14, however, would.

A half point like we see in the above spread is common to prevent the margin of victory from ending up exactly equal to the spread number. If that happens, the bet would be a push, with no one winning and no one losing.

The odds on either side are at -110, which is standard for point spread bets. That’s the case because, again, the spread aims to make the game more “even.”

Totals

For this bet, it doesn’t matter which side wins. All you care about is the total combined score. The sportsbook will set a line before the game, and you can bet whether the actual total score will be over or under that line. You’ll also see this bet called an over/under.

As with the point spread, the line will frequently include a half-point to avoid the possibility of the total score landing exactly on it. Here’s an example of a totals bet that you might see on the PointsBet Florida app:

Over51.5 (-110)
Under51.5 (-110)

If the final score of the game is 28-20, the total combined points would end up at 48 and, obviously, under the predicted total. Anybody who bet on the under, then, would win.

Florida State vs. Miami betting trends

Since their first meeting on Oct. 5, 1951, the Seminoles and the Hurricanes have played each other a total of 65 times on the gridiron. Miami holds the series lead at 35-30.

The largest margin of victory in any of the meetings so far has been 47. The Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 47-0 in 1976, and Florida State returned the favor in 1997 with a 47-0 win.

The Hurricanes have a current winning streak of four games (2017-20), but the Seminoles have had a seven-game winning streak twice in the series — once from 1963-1972 and again from 2010-2016.

History of Florida State-Miami football rivalry

An interstate rivalry such as this really doesn’t need much beef to be a big deal. The games alone are enough to drive the intensity up a few notches, as is the chance at winning the Florida Cup, which is decided between Miami, Florida State, and the University of Florida.

For Florida State and Miami, one of the largest fuels to the rivalry fire over the past few decades has been the fact that either one or both of the teams typically comes into the game with a national ranking. Since those rankings help determine who gets an invite to which bowl game, it kicks up the fervor quite a bit.

According to ESPN, the Miami-Florida State game is typically one of the highest-viewed college football games each season. The 2006 game was the most-watched game in the history of the sport as of October 2021, and the 2009 and 1994 showdowns are second and fifth on that same list.

Top 3 greatest FSU-Miami games

With so many great games taking place between these two teams, it’s hard to pick just three of the best. We did manage to trim it down (well, we cheated a little with our second entry), though there were many games capable of earning a spot:

  1. 1987: Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden wasn’t a very shy fellow, and his coaching style showed it. In 1987, however, it definitely bit the Seminoles and cost them a huge win. Both teams in this game were ranked in the top four in the nation, and after trading the lead a few times, Florida State was trailing Miami 26-19 with under a minute to play. The Seminoles scored with 45 seconds left on the clock and instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game, decided to go for two points to get the win. The pass on the ensuing play was knocked away, giving the Hurricanes the victory. Miami would go on to win the national championship.
  2. 1991 and 1992: Missing a field goal to lose a game is no one’s idea of a fun time. For Florida State, it happened two years in a row. In the 1991 game, the Seminoles were the top-ranked team in the country and Miami held the No. 2 spot. With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Hurricanes held a 17-16 lead over their rivals, with kicker Gerry Thomas lining up to get the win for the Seminoles. His kick went wide right, and FSU lost the game. In 1992, it was a similar situation, with Miami leading 19-16. The Florida State kicker this time, however, was Dan Mowrey. He, too, missed wide right, and the Hurricanes won.
  3. 2016: There aren’t a lot of college coaches who would tell you anything other than the importance of great special teams play. In this particular matchup, it made all the difference. Miami, ranked No. 10 in the nation, led the game 13-0 early against No. 23 Florida State. The Seminoles managed to cut into that lead to end the first half by hitting a field goal and heading to the locker room down 13-3. FSU found some inspiration at the half and came out to score on the team’s next three possessions for a 20-13 lead. With 1:38 left in the game, Miami scored on an 11-yard pass to make it a 20-19 game. The Hurricanes lined up for the extra point, but Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker broke through the line and blocked the attempt. The Hurricanes then decided to kick the ball deep instead of going for an onside kick, planning on using defense and three timeouts to get the ball back. The Seminoles had other ideas, returning the kick all the way back to their own 13-yard line and then running out the clock to walk away with the win.

Other NCAAF rivalry games to bet on

While Florida bettors may have a personal interest in the Seminoles taking on the Hurricanes, it is far from the only famous college football rivalry. Below, we outline five others:

  • Florida vs. Miami: It makes total sense that these two hate each other. They’ve been playing football in heated matchups from the very start when Miami beat the Gators, 19-7, in 1938. Since then, they have gone at it 56 times with the Hurricanes leading the overall series, 29-27. See our Florida vs Miami odds page for more. 
  • Florida vs. Georgia: Imagine not liking each other so much that you cannot even agree on how many times you’ve actually played one another? That’s how it is with Georgia and Florida. Georgia counts a game that was played in 1904, but Florida does not. The Bulldogs are convinced there have been 100 games played with Georgia leading the series, 54-44-2. Florida agrees that Georgia leads the series, but they say it is 53-44-2.
  • Army vs. Navy: This one is a no-brainer in terms of pure rivals. It doesn’t matter if these squads are winless when they face each other; you know they are going to be out there fighting for every inch on every play. In this series, which dates back to 1890, Navy has the overall lead, 61-53-7.
  • Ohio State vs. Michigan: Maybe it’s because of the Toledo War or something, but these two schools just despise each other. They have met 116 times since the first encounter in 1897. Out of those games, Michigan leads 58-51-6.
  • Auburn vs. Alabama: In the game that has earned the nickname the Iron Bowl, Alabama and Auburn bring a history of bitterness and spite as well as some intense football. Alabama has a 10-game advantage so far, 47-37-1.
  • Texas vs. Oklahoma: First played in 1900 (Oklahoma wasn’t even a state until 1907), this rivalry has been mostly dominated by Texas with a 62-49-5 record. However, Oklahoma is on a three-game winning streak in the matchup, known as the Red River Shootout.
  • Yale vs. Harvard: Imagine that it was 1875. No computers. No cars. No normal scores in football games. In their first matchup, which happened that year, Harvard defeated Yale by a score of 4-0. Both teams had 15 players on the field. Since then, these two schools have gone after each other with the word “rivalry” just barely describing the fervor. Yale has the advantage overall, 68-60-8.