CORAL GABLES — There are definitely three things that Florida State and Miami have in common right now.
Both are 7-0.
Both are among the nation's top 10 teams.
Both are not being forthcoming about their disdain for the other side.
The third-ranked Seminoles will play host to the seventh-ranked Hurricanes on Saturday night in Tallahassee, in a matchup with national championship implications and one that — at least statistically — could be considered one of the most significant in the history of the storied rivalry. Barring season openers, this will be only the ninth time that Florida State and Miami have met with both sides unbeaten.
"It's just another game," Miami receiver Stacy Coley said.
No, it's not.
"We're going to prepare the same," Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said.
No, they won't.
The politically correct comments — so far, anyway — of the players involved notwithstanding, this is one of those games that will be overhyped when there's no need for hype. They have waged some of college football's all-time classic games, with upsets and blowouts and Wide Rights and Wide Lefts and dozens of eventual NFL players all involved in the rivalry, which has been somewhat one-sided in recent years.
Florida State has won the past three meetings by a combined 101-56, and oddsmakers Sunday set the Seminoles as an early 22-point favorite — a massive number against a ranked opponent, say nothing of that opponent being a seventh-ranked rival that's still unbeaten past the midpoint of the season.
"Just need to keep marching on," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Another great opportunity next weekend."
A sellout crowd is expected. Hotel rooms are booked solid for about 100 miles in every direction, and some of the ones that were available were going for around $500 a night — about twice the usual rate.
"I mean, it's why you come to UM," a grinning Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman said, after being begged Saturday to say something — anything — about the Seminoles, when it was clear that teammates weren't willing to go down that path. "You're competing with guys you played against in high school and Pop Warner, so it's a lot of fun."
In Tallahassee, players seemed to be a little freer with the fire-stoking words.
"Miami, we're definitely going to be ready for them and we're going to prepare well," Seminoles safety Terrence Brooks said. "I can't wait. It's going to be a big stage and that's what we all want."