The time has come again to end up the regular season of college football, as it is rivalry week. Not only do we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, but we also see some of the best college football games of the year. There is nothing more intense than going up against your in-state rival or region rival. We will look at how this year’s annual Florida vs Florida St game this year.
Florida Offense vs FSU Defense
This game is going to have the powerful Gators offense that has become an air raid style. The Florida running game has been nonexistent most of this season with their young O-line. They have improved most in their pass blocking, which has been evident with how Florida moves the ball and scores. The Florida State defense has not been good by their standards. They are giving up 274 yards per game in the air, and 159 yards on the ground. This will not spell well for the Seminoles with trying to defend the Gators.
The Gators will beat you in the air. They are averaging 292 yards passing and somehow getting 124 yards on the ground. The only true reason the Gators are getting over 100 yards on the ground is by salting the games away. Kyle Trask continuing to spread the ball around will be the key and taking care of the football. The Seminoles have been going through transition since the firing of Coach Taggart. Injuries have been an issue for this defense, but their young players are getting valuable experience that will benefit them next season.
Edge: Florida Gators
The Florida Defense vs FSU Offense
The Florida Gators defense has been very good for this team when they play against teams that don’t have top tier QB’s. The defense is only giving up 14 points per game, while their offense is putting up 32 points per game. The Gators defense is only giving up 110 yards on the ground per game to their opponents and 193 yards in the air. The defense has recovered 7 fumbles and had 15 interceptions. This Gators defense has given the offense the ball in good position often and has basically played a bend but don’t break mentality.
The Seminoles have had some good stats overall, but nine interceptions have not helped them. The Seminoles are averaging 277 yards in the air per game and 140 yards on the ground. James Blackman has seen the most action this year for FSU and is having a pretty decent season. Cam Akers has been the main weapon out of the backfield for this offense. He has over 1,000 yard rushing and over 200 yards passing. The Seminoles leading receiver is Tamorrion Terry with 892 yards and eight touchdowns. He is definitely the focus for Blackman as the closest receiver is D.J. Matthews with 345 yards and three touchdowns.
Edge: Florida Gators
Who Should Win This Game
This game is always a “throw the records out the door” type rivalry. With that being said, this being a home game for the Gators, the crowd should be going crazy. If the Gators can pull out this win, it should lock them in for a New Year’s bowl game again. Florida will also finish inside the Top 10 for the second year in a row. The key for Florida will be getting pressure on the young FSU quarterback and controlling the run game. The offense just needs to keep spreading the ball around, avoid turnovers, and not give up costly sacks.
The Florida State Seminoles need to play an absolutely perfect game. They have to control the line of scrimmage and not turn over the ball. The offensive line will need to be able to stop that very good Gators defensive line. Greenard has been a beast this year for the Gators. If Blackman can get the ball to his two biggest weapons, Akers out of the backfield and Terry through the air, this can give the Seminoles a chance to grab the upset victory. This would be a signature win for FSU and may help with recruiting. The only problem is the uncertainty of who will be leading this group as Head Coach in 2020.
Prediction: Gators win 35-24
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