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On My Mind Monday: How Did FSU Fare Against Florida and Miami This Athletic Year?

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Barring something completely unforeseen, Florida State’s athletic year came to an abrupt end last week.

Just prior to the FSU men’s basketball team taking the court against Clemson in the ACC Tournament, the tournament was canceled and the Seminoles were crowned champions. Several hours later, the NCAA announced that all winter and spring championships would be canceled, thus essentially ending ongoing seasons.

For FSU, that meant that the men’s and women’s basketball, golf, swimming and diving, tennis and track and field teams would not be able to complete their seasons. The same was true for FSU’s baseball, beach volleyball and softball squads.

For sports where the season was completed, the Seminoles weren’t able to claim a national championship this year and only the men’s indoor track and field team claimed an ACC title. Still, some FSU teams were able to claim in-state bragging rights over their rivals.

Here’s a look at how FSU fared against both Florida and Miami this past season:

In the three “revenue sports”, Florida State did well against its in-state rivals this past season. In football, baseball and men’s basketball, the Seminoles were 2-1 against both Florida and Miami. In women’s hoops, FSU also dominated both rivals.

Although FSU has great programs from top to bottom, the one that is most prevalent is football. This past season, the Seminoles lost to both Florida and Miami for a second year in a row.

Overall, FSU was 4-6 against rival Florida. Aside from football, the non-revenue sports is where the Gators did most of their damage, winning in volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s tennis. The Seminoles beat Florida in both men’s and women’s basketball, recently snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Gators in baseball and topped Florida in soccer.

On the hardwood, the FSU men have currently won six in a row against Florida while the women have taken the last four. On the soccer field, the Seminoles have won three straight.

Across the sports spectrum this past year, Florida State dominated Miami. The Seminoles won nine of 11 total match-ups.

Aside from football, men’s tennis was the only sport where Miami defeated FSU. Both FSU men’s and women’s hoops swept the Hurricanes this season, going a combined 4-0. FSU volleyball also took both meetings from Miami. FSU soccer, women’s tennis and women’s swimming and diving each won the only match-ups with the Hurricanes this season.

The only sports where FSU still had games to play against Florida and Miami prior to the NCAA’s decision to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus was on the diamond. FSU baseball was set to face Florida twice more and Miami three times this season. FSU softball was scheduled to host Florida on April 22.

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