The date was October 3, 1987. No. 3 Miami had become The U under the leadership of Jimmy Johnson and fell just shy of a national championship the previous year. The 1987 season would be different though. While Miami had all of the confidence and cockiness in the world, Florida State's program was taking shots at the Hurricanes and looking for a statement performance in Doak Campbell Stadium in early October.
Miami and Florida State had played every year dating back to 1966 but this may have been the biggest game in the storied rivalry's history to this point. For the first time in the series the two in-state rivals were not only ranked in the top ten, but were ranked in the top five. The game had everything you could have asked for, with names like Bobby Bowden, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders and many more.