Florida at Florida State preview – Florida Times-Union
No. 13 FLORIDA (8-2) AT NO. 15 FLORIDA STATE (8-3)
DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUM, TALLAHASSEE, 8 P.M. (ABC)
WHO SHOULD WIN
Florida State has won the last three meetings and five of six under coach Jimbo Fisher, and are catching the Gators between an emotional road victory against LSU to clinch the SEC East title and next week’s SEC championship game against Alabama. The Seminoles’ defense has made impressive strides since giving up 63 points to Louisville and 35 each to South Florida and North Carolina and leads the nation in sacks. The Gators’ offensive line is beat up, so that’s a bad combination for UF. But the most important key is FSU running back Dalvin Cook. If the Gators contain him, their chances of winning are vastly improved.
UNDER THE GUN
The Florida coaching staff did a tremendous job getting its team ready for the challenging of winning last week in LSU’s version of Death Valley, and now has to somehow keep the team up to play the Seminoles, with an eye on Alabama next week. If they can pull this off, they’re master motivators.
Florida is 2-5-1 against Florida State the week before an SEC championship game against Alabama.
WHO’S NOT PLAYING
UF: S Nick Washington (ankle), C Cam Dilliard (knee), LB Jarrad Davis (ankle), LB Alex Anzalone (arm), S Marcus Maye (arm), DT Bryan Cox Jr. (ankle), QB Luke Del Rio (shoulder).
FSU: OG Kareem Are (concussion), SS Calvin Brewton (concussion), LB Josh Brown (foot), CB Marcus Lewis (hip), C Corey Martinez (knee), DE Jalen Wilkerson (concussion).
BY THE NUMBERS
TEAM VS. TEAM: STATISTICAL COMPARISON
(NCAA rank in parentheses)
Gators Category Seminoles
25.2 (89) Scoring offense 35.6 (31)
13.0 (3) Scoring defense 25.5 (48)
367.3 (102) Total offense 482.3 (25)
282.4 (5) Total defense 370.8 (36)