Florida vs. Miami: Who does an FSU fan root for?

AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File
AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File

When there’s a fly on a turd, do you root for the fly or the turd?

That’s the kind of position Florida State fans will be in Saturday afternoon when the Florida Gators roll down to Sun Life Stadium to take on the Miami Hurricanes. For most Miami fans, it’s the first time they’ve been to a UM game since the last time they were good (so … 2002?), and for most Florida fans, it’s the first time they’ve been allowed to travel since that embarrassing house arrest.

And yet, amidst all the embarrassment, I still see FSU fans admitting on social media that they’re pulling for Miami on Saturday afternoon. Don’t get me wrong — at this point, the ‘Canes are probably the lesser of two evils, but that’s only assuming they keep losing and looking like a shameful football program. You all know there’s nothing worse than a Miami fan when the Hurricanes are good, so let’s not go there.

Instead, let’s just root for the two teams to look as awful as possible and make a complete mockery of what was once a great rivalry in what could be the final game the two teams ever play against each other.

(Also read: An FSU fan’s take on the Jameis Winston craze)

Fun fact: Miami and Florida battle for a trophy known as the Seminole War Canoe. It’s my favorite tidbit when these two teams play. And since it’s no longer a “rivalry game” because they don’t play each other annually anymore, Miami is holding on to the trophy after today’s game, win or lose.

The Gators and Hurricanes played every season up until 1987, and then the rivalry was renewed from 2001 to 2004 (but two of the four games were bowl games, so they didn’t schedule those). Florida won the last meeting 26-3 in 2008, but since the game wasn’t technically part of the rivalry, Miami didn’t give Florida the Seminole War Canoe. Miami plans to keep the trophy after Saturday, win or lose, according to a story by The Ledger.

Florida’s ticked off about it, but then again, who cares about the emotions of Gators?

Advantage: Miami.

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