Florida and No. 16 Florida State will enter a new chapter in their historic rivalry as the two bitter foes meet on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the first time ever with the programs usually holding a prominent Saturday spot during Rivalry Week. This meeting sees the Gators and Seminoles not only jockeying for bowl positioning but also the bragging rights that come with one of the most prestigious in-state rivalries in the sport.
These two Sunshine State rivals combined to win six national championships (three each) between 1993 and 2013, becoming the faces of the sport at a time when college football’s popularity was exploding across the country. The Gators lead the all-time series 37-26-2 and enter with a three-game winning streak against the ‘Noles.
However, it’s Florida State that has been the more successful team this season as it has risen to No. 16 in the College Football Playoff Rankings in Year 3 under coach Mike Norvell. Florida, meanwhile, just lost to Vanderbilt in Nashville for the first time since 1988 to fall to 6-5 on the season in Year 1 under coach Billy Napier.
Napier’s first season comes to a close with great success still achievable should Florida extend its winning streak against its hated rival. Florida State, on other hand, needs a big win and some help elsewhere to open the door for an appearance in the New Year’s Six after what would be a 9-3 showing in a major swing campaign for Norvell.
Florida vs. Florida State: Need to know
The Seminoles are streaking: When Florida State lost three straight games to division opponents in the middle of the season, falling to 4-3 overall heading into its late-October bye week, there were few who imagined that this year’s team could potentially finish as the…
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Author : Chip Patterson
Publish date : 2022-11-25 17:10:22
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