Football Campus Rivalries: How The Miami And FSU Experiences Compare

Come Saturday, the classic rivalry between the University of Miami and Florida State University will be back in primetime, returning one of the gems of the college football schedule to the national spotlight.

Miami travels to Doak Campbell Stadium off the back of a disappointing loss to Cincinnati that kept them from remaining undefeated, but they are backed by a history of trouncing FSU in the 90s and early 2000s when they dominated college football.

FSU, for its part, still has a perfect record in tact, which is in line with the recent history, having finished the past two regular seasons undefeated, a period which included a National Championship win.

But the rivalry goes beyond the confines football field.

It extended to the campuses, where students split between the northern capital city of Tallahassee and the Southern paradise that is Coral Cables.

In football, Miami owned the past and FSU have been the kings of the present, but which school is most dominant when it comes to the overall experience?

As always, we can only lean on the expertise of students and alumni who have called these two Florida schools home. It's the Hurricanes vs. the Seminoles in yet another edition of campus rivalries.

Miami

When you look around our secluded campus in the heart of beautiful Coral Gables, it is hard to believe it's actually a college. I'm sure there are other nice schools in the world, but unless they also have a year-round outdoor pool adjacent to a lake in the middle of a palm tree-lined paradise, I'm not impressed. - Kristin Wright

FSU

My favorite part about the location of Tallahassee is there are so many awesome destinations: Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans and Orlando are all just a few hours away. Tallahassee is the perfect college town to live in. It is growing rapidly and, with it being the capital of Florida, there are so many great restaurants and cool places to go to. It is definitely a bar/club town and I truly believe this college town thrives off night life. - Alex O'Daniel

Miami

Tailgating! Everything about it -- dressing up in green and orange, idiots in face paint, Drake blasting, hot dogs, lots and lots of beer. All getting you pumped to defeat the Seminoles. - Analicia Santaella

FSU

From the tailgating, to the stadium, to the Warchant, to Chief Osceola and Renegade, football is a way of life at FSU! Also helps that we have a good football team! - Arielle Katz

Miami

The burning of the boat on the lake: We basically put a boat in the middle of the lake and light it on fire. Tradition says that if the mast hits the water before the boat sinks, we will win the game.

Throughout Homecoming week every org is in a competition to dominate and win every event they can, it can get pretty serious. What puts the “home” in homecoming is our alumni coming back to our events to sing the alma matter around the lake as the fireworks go off and celebrate the University's bright future. I like that I will be welcome back home after I graduate. - Natasha Jansen

FSU

When I was there (two years ago) UM vs FSU weekend by far was the #1 weekend of the Fall semester. If the game was in Miami, everyone traveled home to tailgate and if it was at FSU, everyone came (people from UF, UM & UCF). Everyone is there just to have a good time and party. I remember my senior year the game was also on Halloween weekend: Never remember, never forget. - Allison Kublin

Miami

Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson: Actor and former pro-wrestler

Gloria Estefan: Singer

Sylvester Stallone: Actor and "Rocky" star

FSU

Deion Sanders: NFL Hall of Fame

Richard Simmons: Fitness expert

Burt Reynolds: Actor

Miami

Gigi for drunk noodles and pork buns! Yasssss - Analicia Santaella

FSU

The top three best places and things to eat when you're drunk and want delicious munchies are definitely a Gut Box from Gutheries, every girl's favorite place, Gumby's and Insomnia Cookies (drunk or sober). Also, every student at Florida State has eaten at 101 once in their life. It is the best place for a post-happy-hour meal, birthday celebrations or even drunk eating. The Spinach dip and Buffalo chicken pizza are heavenly. - Alex O'Daniel

Miami

The campus is beautiful, the people are beautiful and there's a bar on campus with nice balconies overlooking the lake with couches you can nap on in between classes. - Natalia Teran

FSU

Going to FSU had a lot of sentimental value having had both parents graduate from there, but the overall community is also amazing. The nightlife at FSU is just undeniably ridiculous. There are a million options to do something from low-key bars or clubs, everyone is just down to have a good time. - Allison Kublin

Miami

The Rat. Always the Rat. Does your campus have its own bar with outdoor seating along a gorgeous lake where the pitchers are forever flowing? If I had to pick one spot (other than the Orange Bowl) to watch football for the rest of my life, you'd find me on one of those swinging benches, sipping a beer, chanting C-A-N-E-S in a sea of orange and green. - Nina Ruggiero

FSU

There are two great places to watch the game if you are not at the stadium, depending on the atmosphere you want and the crowd. Pots has always been everyone's go-to place to watch the game. It's Tallahassee's favorite and oldest bar right on campus with a great outdoor vibe and good people. Madison Social is a great restaurant/ bar for an older crowd that has a ton of TVs and faces the stadium. You can't go wrong going with either bar to root on the Noles. - Alex O'Daniel

Miami

The most beautiful place on campus to me is the steps of the Donna E. Shalala Student Center. With the breeze, the sunlight, the grass and the sound of the fountain on the lake it's my favorite study spot. - Natasha Jansen

FSU

Ever since I visited FSU and have been at FSU, the prettiest spot on campus is Wescott Fountain. Almost every student will say the fountain is a huge part of students experience at FSU because the tradition is that on the night of your birthday, especially 21st, your friends will throw you into the fountain. Looking straight at Wescott when there's not a cloud in the sky makes the perfect picture. - Alex O'Daniel

Miami

Marine Biology campus, where you can have happy hour on the beach in Key Biscayne. - Analicia Santaella

FSU

That would have to be the FSU Flying Circus! Not only are the performers so talented, you can also take circus class as a gym credit! Does your school have that? Didn't think so! - Arielle Katz

Miami

We have part of our campus on an island. We can go semesters abroad for free. We have a pool. We have a pretty great art museum. Our business school only has rolling leather chairs for class. But most importantly, Miami > Tallahassee, no competition there. - Analicia Santaella

FSU

The people, the college-town atmosphere and the amazing school unity are only a few reasons I love FSU. FSU is definitely a crazy party school where nightlife is taking over the town, but the unity of our school is so strong and is something that will always be a part of my life. The Greek Community is such a close group of people and helps make the school smaller and a true place to call home. - Alex O'Daniel

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