The Florida State Seminoles vs. the Florida Gators used to be one of the NCAA’s hottest rivalries -- a showdown between two five-star powerhouse programs with national title implications. In 2017, it’s a showdown between 4-6 teams with nothing to play for except pride. Kickoff is set for noon E.T., and the game will be broadcast on ESPN (live stream).
Both the Seminoles and Gators have tumbled out of the top-25 rankings and into the wash of mediocre Power 5 programs. Florida and Florida State each have worse records than teams like Duke and Indiana this fall as the siren’s call of bowl eligibility has gone silent in November. On Saturday, they’ll meet to settle the saddest chapter of their storied rivalry.
Florida will play its fourth and likely final game under interim head coach Randy Shannon. The Gators are 1-2 under Shannon, with the only win coming against UAB — a program that played zero football in 2016. Beating the Seminoles would give the former Miami coach a neat line item for his resume, but it won’t make him a viable Power 5 coach. Saturday’s game will be his last chance to make a statement for any staff-needy teams this winter.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: Noon ET
- Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
- TV: ESPN
- Streaming: Watch ESPN
- Odds: Florida State is favored by 3.5 points
Florida State at Florida news:
In the BC aftermath, we’ve seen a new narrative: that FSU is this year’s version of Notre Dame, a talented team suffering from a rash of close losses with a stale coaching staff. And to be sure, Fisher — whose buyout is large enough to preclude any sort of hot seat conversations — will likely make quite a few staff changes this offseason.
Multiple sources close to the hiring process between Kelly and Florida said that there is no offer or terms from UF on the table, and the sources also stated that the party who went to meet with Kelly did not have an assumption that they would come back with a deal signed for Kelly to be Florida’s next coach.
Against Delaware State on Saturday, the redshirt junior made a diving catch for a touchdown late in the game. With that scoring grab, Motlow became the first member of the Seminole tribe to record a touchdown for Florida State.
damn ESPN already dropped the FSU-UF hype video pic.twitter.com/zSxoNu1pmz— Perry Kostidakis (@perrykos) November 19, 2017
Does the Florida passing game have anything left in the tank?
The Gators have cycled through quarterbacks this fall, but injuries have pushed the once-benched Feleipe Franks back into the spotlight. Franks struggled last week, completing just 50 percent of his passes against UAB and averaging a meager five yards per attempt. Florida State’s passing defense has been a top-25 squad this fall, and it could feast on an underwhelming Franks Saturday.
Florida State at Florida prediction:
The Seminoles have (mostly) taken care of business against mediocre teams — and that’s exactly what Florida is this fall. Florida State wins a close one Saturday to improve to 5-6 on the season.