Saturday afternoon marked the 62nd all-time meeting between the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles, but this year’s game came with a dose of pure awfulness. Both teams entered the matchup 4-6, and there was a chance they both ended up sitting at home during bowl season this year.
Florida State won, 38-22, but did anyone really win who watched it?
Here are a few facts that prove this might’ve been the saddest Florida-FSU game ever.
1. This play happened. It was not a TD.
2. This year’s game was the first time since 2011 that both teams entered the game not ranked. That year, Florida State won 21-7 in Gainesville. Overall, this is only the seventh time since 1966 they’re both unranked and only the second since 1987.
3. In the preseason AP poll, Florida State was No. 3 and Florida was 17th. So these aren’t just mediocre teams: They’re arguably the country’s two most disappointing.
4. 2017 also marked the only time since 1959 that both entered with losing records.
5. Yeah, this isn’t the 1990s anymore:
Yearly reminder: FSU and Florida played 12 times in the 90s. They were both ranked in the Top 10 for all 12 ... That’s just absurd.— Corey Clark/TDO.com (@Corey_Clark) November 20, 2017
6. These teams had more losses (12 combined) entering this game than all of the 1993-1999 editions combined!
7. Saturday’s game marked the second time since 1996 that the game kicked off at noon — but in ‘96, that was a No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 FSU matchup, so it didn’t exactly have typical noon stakes, to say the least.
8. Florida State ranked 97th in scoring offense, and Florida was even worse, checking in at 108th coming into the game. Florida State scored more than 28 points for the first time against an FBS opponent against the Gators — Florida has done so just twice.
9. Both teams won last Saturday, with Florida beating UAB and Florida State defeating Delaware State, it was just the second time this season they won on the same day. The other week was on Sept. 30, when Florida beat Vanderbilt and FSU defeated Wake Forest.
10. Also, both teams have had significant injuries at the quarterback position. FSU’s Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending injury against Alabama Week 1, and Florida’s Luke Del Rio went down with a shoulder injury against Vanderbilt in late September.
11. Florida fired head coach Jim McElwain last month after losing its fourth game of the season, a 42-7 blowout to Georgia. And there’s a chance Jimbo Fisher leaves Tallahassee for one of several SEC jobs that have interest in him.
12. This was the fourth different Florida head coach Fisher has faced, in Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp, Jim McElwain, and now interim head coach Randy Shannon. The only head coach with a win over Jimbo? MUSCHAMP, FOLKS!
13. Amid all this sadness, Florida State rescheduled its previously Hurricane-canceled game against Louisiana-Monroe to Dec. 2, seemingly to keep its bowl streak alive.
14. UCF’s win over USF this weekend was Florida’s biggest in-state rivalry game of the year by far.
15. This “hype” video for the game sums things up pretty perfectly:
damn ESPN already dropped the FSU-UF hype video pic.twitter.com/zSxoNu1pmz— Perry Kostidakis (@perrykos) November 19, 2017
God bless any of you who ended up watching this game.