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FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI // Who has the edge?

THE TRENCHES

Miami's offensive line is more experienced than the Seminoles. And FSU seniors Todd Fordham and Chad Bates both could be slowed somewhat by injuries. But the Seminoles' defensive line might be the best in college football. Ends Reinard Wilson and Peter Boulware spend most of their days in the backfield _ Wilson is the school's all-time sack leader, and Boulware has 8{ already this year.

Edge: FLORIDA STATE

PASSING

Junior Ryan Clement is the nation's fourth rated passer, completing 68 percent of his attempts for 819 yards and nine touchdowns. He's also won 11 straight games and, unlike FSU's Thad Busby, has started an FSU-Miami game. FSU's Charlie Ward and Danny Kanell and Miami's Gino Torretta and Frank Costa all lost their first starts, but won their second.

Edge: MIAMI

RUSHING

Miami's running game averages almost 55 yards per game more on the ground than the Seminoles, but neither Danyell Ferguson nor Dyral McMillan is as multi-dimensional as FSU's Warrick Dunn. Dunn is averaging just 87 yards a game this year, but rushed for a career high 184 yards last year against the Hurricanes.

Edge: FLORIDA STATE

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker Scott Bentley is enjoying his finest season and has always done well in the Orange Bowl (See the national championship game), while Sean Liss, the former Boca Ciega star, is 15th nationally in punting with a 44.8 average. Both are seniors, in contrast to Miami kicker/punter Andy Crosland.

COACHING

Butch Davis, inheriting a troubled-program, has restored order and pride. The Hurricanes have won 11 straight since a loss at Tallahassee. But Bobby Bowden's record speaks for itself. The game could hinge on the calls of the defensive coordinators, FSU's Mickey Andrews (FSU) and Miami's Biller Miller (Miami).

Edge: FLORIDA STATE

INTANGIBLES

FSU talks about this being a different year with different players, but both teams know the history. FSU hasn't beaten Miami in the Orange Bowl, a hostile environment for visitors, since 1984. Seven of FSU's last 14 losses have been to Miami. And for the fifth time this decade, FSU's quarterback is a first-year starter.

Edge; MIAMI

_ BRIAN LANDMAN

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