These are strange waters for the Seminoles (3-1, 0-1 ACC) and the Hurricanes (2-2, 0-1). Each is trying to avoid going 0-2 in the ACC for the first time and remain relevant in the league. Back in the day, they were fighting to remain in the national championship race. It's no coincidence that both teams are playing a lot of youngsters, including at QB; FSU's Christian Ponder, left, is a third-year sophomore about to make his fifth start, while UM's Robert Marve, a redshirt freshman from Plant High, is starting for the fourth time. Miami will be unexpectedly missing junior LB Colin McCarthy of Clearwater because of a previously undisclosed shoulder injury that may require surgery. He was not on Thursday's injury report.
Brian Landman, Times staff writer, Times wires
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The Seminoles want to run the ball well, relieving the pressure on Ponder to carry the day. Despite a young line (a redshirt sophomore, a sophomore, a redshirt freshman and two freshmen), the Seminoles average 212 yards rushing, 19th nationally, and had 259 against Colorado last week. Miami has a powerful, veteran defensive front led by DT Dwayne Hendricks and DE Eric Moncur. The 'Canes allow a meager 65 yards rushing, 17th nationally, and held Tim Tebow and the Gators to 89 yards rushing on 27 attempts.
Florida State at Miami, 3:30, Ch. 28, 1040-AM