As the final week of the College Football regular season commences, the Florida football rivalry visits the Swamp on Saturday night.
A win over the Gators would give FSU a much-needed shot in the arm, but UF is a Top 10 team for a reason. The Seminoles will need a big game against their rivals if they want to grab a win on the road.
For Bobby Bowden and Florida State, the tie seemed like more of a win, but after Florida defeated Alabama in the SEC Championship, the schools met in the Sugar Bowl just more than a month later. They are 4-4 in conference play, losing one at home against Miami. Jimbo Fisher, who led FSU to its third national title, resigned with one regular-season game left in the 2017 season; his replacement, Willie Taggart, was sacked with three regular-season games remaining this season. Miami is worse, but they beat Florida State, so take that for what it's worth. With a lot on the line for the Gators, such as finishing undefeated at home, Florida will be going all out on Saturday.
Florida wants to dominate in the trenchesThe Gators' defensive strengths play to their favor in this game. The Swamp is going to be loud on Saturday, which will make it hard for that struggling offense.
FSU would elect to kick the extra point and tie the game with 1:45 left rather than go for two and the lead.
And while Florida State's defense isn't the strongest the Gators face all season, sacks are a momentum changer.
The Gators have lost the last four meetings to the Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
To coach Dan Mullen, he is not reliving ancient history, but to Gator Nation it's another story. The Seminoles would get the ball back after a 3-and-out, but after a first down throw by Kanell and a scramble that was stopped shy of another first down, the clock ran out.