You're starting to think, at least in and around this town, that Al Golden and his Hurricanes are so overmatched by what Florida State will do to them Saturday night they might not want to leave the locker room.
There will be Golden, about 8 p.m., saying to his team, "I know you're scared, but we've got to go out now. Everyone's expecting us."
And the Hurricane players will say, no, they've seen how Las Vegas made them a 22-point underdog, the largest ever in a game between Top 10 teams. And they've seen the line of doubters stretching from Tallahassee to, well, the key board of this computer.
I doubt Miami here. I think Florida State's rebuilding is two years ahead. I think Miami is having a great season, making the most out of every opportunity, but still they aren't ready for this night in Doak Campbell Stadium.
But sometimes as this game gets discussed, you get the idea the Seminoles have proven themselves, big game after big game, great year after great year. As if Jimbo Fisher has Bobby Bowden's portfolio. As if this program is back to what it once always was.
Suddenly, because of a great two months, Florida State is treated like they've proven themselves all the way to the BCS Championship game against Alabama. Or maybe Oregon. Let those two other teams figure it out, right?
This is part of the comfortable narrative this week, the one everyone wants this game to fold into. Starting in 1987 with Michael Irvin famous, "We're coming back," Miami and Florida State met 12 times in 17 years as Top 10 teams. That included eight in a row as ranked heavyweights.
There were the Wide Rights. There were national championships decided. There mainly was the best rivalry in college football, which is what everyone wants Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium to continue.
It's not those games, not those meanings. It's still fun. It's should be interesting. But Miami isn't at that level. And Florida State, again, hasn't proven it is.
Again, I think the Seminoles have too much this night. They have the best quarterback in the sport in Jameis Winston, three NFL receivers and a defense that sits on offenses.
But as much as this is about where Miami is as a program, it's equally about who Florida State really is. It's about whether it's as good as everyone's discussed. It's about the maturity of players to play their best game when everyone's picking them.
"This is everything you want a game to be about," Fisher said this week. "It's two great rivals who are each playing good football. It should be something to see."
For the past couple of years, Florida State has bordered on having contending teams only to trip over its own shoelaces. Last year, for instance, their great season was ruined by a middling North Carolina State team.
There's no chance Florida State overlooks Miami like that. But does Winston, a redshirt freshman, have a first-year starter's game in him at all? Has Fisher raised his team to play better in bigger games?
No team has come within the 14 points Boston College did against Florida State this year. The Seminoles took apart a third-ranked Clemson, 51-14. They kicked then No. 25 Maryland out of the rankings, 63-0.
They're that good. They're that deep. The only question they have left to prove is if they're that good and that deep week after week.
Miami is undefeated the other way. It beat North Carolina and Wake Forest the last two weeks with final-minute scores. It showed how far it's come under Golden. You still see how far they have to go.
Miami has a chance Saturday night if Duke Johnson runs wild and Stephen Morris becomes the quarterback he can be. But Florida State is the pick on a night that's not about what was for two programs. It's about what is.