Miami vs. Florida State

There isn’t much I really can say about the Miami vs. Florida State rivalry that hasn’t been stated before. It is the epitome of epic showdowns in college football. All of Florida and the nation for that matter turns in to watch Miami vs. Florida State. Hell, there is no better football than watching Miami vs. Florida State.

I knew the Miami vs. Florida State game was going to be epic; I just didn’t know to what scale. I guess when it took me over an hour to go 10 blocks to the stadium is when I realized how big this game was. I knew it was big for both teams, but it seemed it was an even bigger deal to the fans of each school.

When I finally made it to the sea of fans to the stadium, I was exhausted. Carrying my camera gear and dodging footballs and intoxicated people was a workout in itself. Once inside I do my normal pre-game routine and head to the press box and get all the printed materials for the game like roster sheets etc. I went down to the photo room and that placed was packed. Wall to wall of photographers. Local guys, national media etc. You name it, they were there.

I ended up retreating to the field were it was all quiet since that game wasn’t for another 3 hours plus. I got all zen and sat in the endzone and closed my eyes and just soaked in all the calm in the air before Sun Life Stadium became a loud ruckus of screaming fans wildly cheering for their team.

When the Miami vs. Florida State game finally kicked off it was a battle on the sidelines for position to photograph. I was running up and down the sidelines, bobbing and weaving the ESPN camera crews, spinning around security and squeezing my way onto the sideline to get an angle for a shot. Of course every photographer at the Miami vs. Florida State game was doing the same.

The game action was a see-saw battle. In the first half Miami dominated and in the second half it was FSU. Great game all around.

I was rooting for Miami on the inside so when they lost I was hurt, but you can’t win them all.

The Miami vs. Florida State game is like my SuperBowl and this year it sure lived up to the height. The game literally came down to the last minute. It was one for the ages that is for sure.

Sun Life Stadium prior to the Miami Hurricanes vs. FSU game

Florida State QB #5, Jameis Winston

Florida State QB #5, Jameis Winston

Miami RB #8, Duke Johnson, looks at the crowd during warmups

Miami RB #8 Duke Johnson runs through drills before the FSU game

Miami WR #4 Phillip Dorsett makes an acrobatic grab during pre-game drills

Former Miami Hurricanes Head Coach, Howard Schnellenberger, makes a pre-game appearance

Miami Hurricanes Head Coach, Al Golden, greets his team during pre-game stretches

Miami Marlins outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, answers media questions on the sideline prior to the Miami Hurricanes vs. FSU game

Florida State Seminoles get together after stretching drills

United States Army Golden Knights parachute team touchdown in Sun Life Stadium prior to kick off

Miami Hurricanes Marching Band lead the pre-game ceremony

Former Miami Hurricanes RB Edgerrin James walks the sidelines prior to kickoff

Miami Hurricanes fans show their support for the National Anthem

Sebastian the Ibis Miami Hurricanes team onto the field

The Miami Hurricanes run through the smoke prior to the game

Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston calls an audible at the line of scrimmage

Miami Hurricanes DB #2, Deon Bush, greets Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston

Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston throws a pass in the first quarter

Miami RB #8 Duke Johnson gets ready to take the field for the first time

Miami WR #4 Phillip Dorsett scores a touchdown as Florida State DB #3, Ronald Darby, tries to take the ball away

Florida State Seminoles RB #7, Mario Pender, rushes against the Miami Hurricanes

Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston tries to evade Miami Hurricanes DE #9, Chad Thomas

Miami Hurricanes fans are pumped up

Miami Hurricanes fans shows his creativity

Florida State Seminoles RB #4, Dalvin Cook, finds a hole against the Miami Hurricanes defense

Miami Hurricanes WR #3, Stacy Coley, takes the handoff from Miami Hurricanes RB #8, Duke Johnson

Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston attempts a pass

Miami Hurricanes fans show their solidarity for the team

Miami Hurricanes WR #83, Braxton Berrios attempts to haul in a touchdown pass from QB #15, Brad Kaaya

Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston directs his WRs in a pre-snap audible

Florida State Seminoles WR #80, Rashad Greene, returns a kickoff return

Miami Hurricanes offense lines up against the Florida State Seminoles defense

Miami Hurricanes DL # 91, Olsen Pierre, attempts to tackle Florida State RB #7, Mario Pender

Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston throws a pass

Miami RB #8 Duke Johnson attempts to rush against the Florida State defense

Florida State QB #5 Jameis Winston attempts a pass against the Miami hurricanes

Florida State RB #4, Dalvin Cook, eludes the tackle of Miami LB #52, Denzel Perryman, for the game winning touchdown

Florida State RB #4, Dalvin Cook, scores the game winning touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes

Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, attempts a pass on the game's final drive

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