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Florida State-Miami matchup isn't what it used to be

It sure isn't like the old days when it comes to a Florida State-Miami football game.

Not so long ago, the matchup would have national title implications for both teams. This time, it's not even expected to be close.Florida State (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is a three-touchdown favorite in Saturday's matchup against its oldest football rival.

"I can't picture playing them in anything but a struggle," coach Bobby Bowden said about the game between his No. 4 Seminoles and the unranked Hurricanes.

"The flags go up when we play Miami," said the Florida State coach, who has seen as many as four possible national titles slip away over the past decade because of losses to his chief nemesis. "We don't look at the record."

After opening the year with a 45-14 victory at Baylor, the Hurricanes (1-3) lost to Arizona State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

"This is a great opportunity to turn this year around," Miami coach Butch Davis said. "(A win) would be the perfect scenario to turn a thus-far disappointing season around."

The Hurricanes haven't lost four straight games since 1977 - before some current 'Canes were born.

"We'll take the challenge," Miami defensive tackle Chad Pegues said. "It becomes a motivator. We like the pressure."

This is the eighth straight year that Florida State has taken an unbeaten record into the Miami game.

The Seminoles will be after their third straight win over Miami, which won seven of eight games between 1985 and 1992.

In other Top 25 games Saturday, it's Arkansas at No. 1 Florida; No. 2 Penn State at Illinois; No. 3 Nebraska vs. No. 17 Kansas State; Miami at No. 4 Florida State; No. 5 North Carolina at Texas Christian; No. 6 Michigan at Indiana; No. 11 Iowa at No. 7 Ohio State; No. 8 Auburn at South Carolina; Mississippi at No. 9 Tennessee; No. 25 Arizona State at No. 10 Washington; Minnesota at No. 12 Michigan State; No. 13 LSU at Vanderbilt; Miami, Ohio at No. 14 Virginia Tech; No. 15 Washington State at Oregon; No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 16 Colorado; Mississippi State at No. 18 Georgia; Notre Dame at No. 19 Stanford; No. 20 Alabama at Kentucky; Houston at No. 22 UCLA, and Citadel at No. 23 Air Force.

Utah State visits No. 24 BYU tonight.

Many of the biggest games this weekend will be in the Big Ten, which has five teams ranked in the top 15.

One of the biggest surprises nationwide also has come out of that conference in the form of Iowa running back Tavian Banks.

After four games, Banks is averaging 209 yards a game and is tied with UCLA's Skip Hicks in scoring with 13 touchdowns.

Some have suggested that Banks is the top Heisman candidate after Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning.

"I'm not really thinking about the Heisman or anything like that," Banks said. "I'm just out there running behind my blocks. I'm just trying to win the Big Ten championship."