One of the best rivalries in college sports will be adding another chapter to its history November 26. Florida will be looking to come into Tallahassee trying to snap a three-year losing streak against Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles, while Florida State hopes to make it four straight state championships.
The Gators are coming off of a win against LSU, securing an SEC East championship for the second year in a row. Florida’s defense was able to hold one of the nation’s best backfields in Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guise to just 123 yards on 21 carries. Florida’s offense has been subpar just about all of 2016, but sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett and Florida’s typical smash mouth defense have carried them to an 8-2 overall record.
UF’s offense will all depend on their offensive line going up against FSU’s defensive line. FSU leads the nation is sacks with 41, so this will not be an easy task for UF – especially since their injury report has been about 15 pages long the last few weeks.
Florida quarterback Austin Appleby will be facing an FSU defense who has been riding a wave of ups and downs this season. Without their anchor Derwin James, this defense just hasn’t looked right all season. While Appleby isn’t the best quarterback FSU has seen all year, actually not even top five, it’s almost guaranteed he will have his shots to exploit FSU’s secondary a few times throughout the game – if Florida wants to win this game he’s going to need to take advantage of them. Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at EverBank Field. Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports) Part of that secondary is Nagurski finalist, sophomore Tavarus McFadden. Teams were able to take advantage of McFadden’s inexperience at the start of the season, but McFadden has turned that around. He leads the nation in interceptions with eight, having only three games this season where he wasn’t able to come down with one. Florida probably won’t be throwing the ball a whole lot, but if they do, keep an eye on McFadden potentially matching up against UF’s best receiver Antonio Calloway.
While Florida’s defense has held a lot of good running backs in check this year, Florida State has a guy who has given the Gators nightmares the previous two years he has been enrolled at FSU, he goes by the name of Dalvin Cook. The all-time leading rusher for the Seminoles will face the Gators one last time, in front of his home crowd, in a night game atmosphere in Doak Campbell Stadium; the stage is set for Cook to have himself a game.
Will Florida come into Doak and steal a night game from the Seminoles for the first time since 2004? Will Dalvin Cook’s last game in front of […]