It is not a shock to open a paper to find Florida State listed as a 22-point favorite.
The Seminoles (7-0) are No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings and have defeated their last three opponents by a combined score of 163-31.
Florida State is very good, if not tremendous.
It is a shock to open a paper to find Florida State listed as a 22-point favorite over Miami.
It would be one thing if Miami were 0-7 and unranked, but Miami is 7-0 and ranked No. 7.
It would be one thing if Miami has struggled against Florida State, but the Hurricanes lead the all-time series, 31-26, and 14-9 in Tallahassee.
It would be one thing if Florida State has cursed Miami through the years with a series of crushing defeats that have cost its archrival several national titles.
But it's actually the other way around.
This is Miami of Coral Gables we're talking about, right, and not Miami of Ohio?
This is the Miami with five national titles, against the Florida State with two?
You hear all the time about underdogs getting "disrespected" but rarely has a Las Vegas line been this rude.
Baltimore was favored by 18.
There are good reasons to suspect Miami's ranking is inflated given the Hurricanes needed last-minute drives the last two weeks to defeat unranked North Carolina and Wake Forest.
If Miami can't rise up and rally around this odds outrage, though, Florida State might be the greatest team of all time.
You can sense Miami simmering, like a stove-top pot ready to boil.
"I didn't really answer questions about being the favorite last week," Miami Coach Al Golden said about Wake Forest. "I really don't want to talk about being the underdog this week."
Golden doesn't have to talk about it.
He can just hold up the agate page of Friday's edition of USA Today's Sports Section.
Today's Line: FLORIDA STATE…22…Miami (Fla.).