The Battle of the Sunshine State
The Florida State Seminoles are scheduled to play the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators tomorrow afternoon in Gainesville, FL. This is one of the best rivalry games in college football – and definitely one I’ll be keeping my eye on (I’m a Florida fan). This game has significance for a few reasons: 1, Florida is ranked No. 1 and a loss would ruin their BCS Championship hopes and 2, this could be Bobby Bowden’s final regular season game as head coach of the Seminoles.
The Gators are playing great football right now. They’ve won 21 games in a row and have beat Florida State five years in a row. The Seminoles on the other hand are in disarray. Their defense is ranked 106th in the country and their offense hasn’t quite been the same without Christian Ponder. The Florida Gators are going to attack the Seminoles secondary all day and move the ball up and down the field. If the Noles can’t get pressure on Tebow, it could be a long day.
The Gators are favored by about 24 points – depending on where you look. That’s a big number for a rivalry game. Like the Alabama vs. Auburn game is only a 10 point spread. You would think we would see a number closer to that for such an important game. What I love about rivalry games is anything can happen. You can throw all the stats out the window. Any team can win on any day.
There’s no doubt that Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators over match the Seminoles by a large margin, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Noles rally up and try to win one big final game in case this is Bowden’s final year. Bobby’s contract is up in January, but he hasn’t officially said he’s leaving yet.
Who do you think will win the game? The Seminoles or the Gators?