Gators Notebook: Framing FSU, Offensive Progress, More Tidbits
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles prepare for their 63rd meeting on Saturday in Tallahassee, the two programs appear to be headed in opposite directions.
In their first season under head coach Dan Mullen, the Gators are 8-3, No. 13 in the College Football Playoff rankings and in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl game. They have defeated two top-25 teams.
Meanwhile, the Seminoles, in their first year under Coach Willie Taggart, are 5-6 and on the verge of losing the nation’s longest active bowl streak after 36 years. Of their six losses, five have come by 19 points or more.
A quick glance at the statistics shows Florida with advantages in almost every category and significant advantages in several.
However, the Gators insist that FSU isn’t as bad as its record indicates.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge for us against a team that you look at the talent that they have on their roster is going to be a big challenge,” Mullen said. “We’re going to have to play at a very high level.”
Seminoles redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois was once considered a potential early-round NFL draft pick. He’s thrown for 2,577 yards with 14 touchdowns and