Florida visits Tallahassee with an SEC East title in the bag and hobbled by injuries, but looking to end a three-year skid in the rivalry series. Jim McElwain's team plays with a lot of pride -- see: goal line stand at LSU -- and will take this game as a great chance to knock the Seminoles down a notch if the focus isn't there in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday night. A lot of football will happen before these two teams kick off, so expect the LSU rumors to be at a fever pitch by 8 p.m. ET.
Florida State: The Seminoles seniors are looking to become the first group to ever go 4-0 against both Miami and Florida in their career while star running back Dalvin Cook -- perhaps in his last home game as well -- eyes a third-straight 100-yard game against the rival Gators. There isn't much College Football Playoff drama here, but there is no shortage of interesting storylines.
Florida: Look for Austin Appleby to get the ball out quickly to Gators' playmakers, testing the back side of the Seminoles defense rather than relying on establishing an edge in the trenches. Florida is too banged up along the offensive line to think that the rushing attack will get going against the Seminoles' strong defensive front. That's where Antonio Callaway, C'yontai Lewis or Tyrie Cleveland will be counted on to make plays in the open field against a secondary.
Dalvin Cook has 327 yards and two rushing touchdowns in two meetings (both wins) against the team he was committed to joining until he wasn't. Even when Florida's defense has been healthy, it's had trouble containing Cook and I think he's going to get plenty of touches in what might be his last game in the rivalry. Florida State wins, but I hate this line. At 7.5, I'd happily take the Gators and at 6.5 I'd lean Seminoles. It's a rivalry so let's hope for a push. Pick: Florida State -6.5
|No. 15 Florida at No. 14 Florida State, 8 p.m. ET, ABC|
|Florida State -6.5|| || || || || || || |