It's personal when Florida meets Florida State – Daily Commercial
Robbie Andreu @RobbieAndreu
TALLAHASSEE — The goal-line stand in Baton Rouge is a distant memory now, and Atlanta is so far down the road you can’t even see it from here.
So, Jim McElwain can relax. The Florida head coach usually spends a better part of his week fretting over whether his players will stay in the now, focus only on the game at hand and not on what happened last week or what might happen next week.
No worries this week. Because of the opponent.
The Gators have other rivalry games, but this is their biggest, their baddest, their most personal.
Take Quincy Wilson, the junior cornerback from Miami. He’s a perfect example of what this rivalry is all about.
He was raised in Miami, his father played for the Hurricanes and he grew up ‘Canes fan. And now he’s a Gator. So, he has a double dose of disdain for everything Florida State.
The tomahawk chop?
“I hate it,” he said.
“It gets everybody riled up,” he said.
The flaming spear?
“Ehh, we’ve just got to win,” Wilson said.
So, McElwain, relax. It’s clear that your players, who are still in the College Football Playoff hunt, aren’t looking back at last week’s big win in Baton Rouge or looking ahead to Alabama. They are locked in on the Seminoles.
The Gators want this win badly. Not just because it would keep their playoff hopes alive, but because, well, it’s personal.
“You don’t need to get motivated with these guys,” junior defensive end Jordan Sherit said. “Everybody knows everybody at Florida State. So you have that.
“We’re putting everything we have to into this game. This is a game that everybody wants to win. No one is taking it lightly. We’re going to give it