Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sunshine State Battle

Florida vs Florida State 5:00 CBS
Line: Fla -13.5, 58.5
Florida leads 30-19-2

Florida has won 3 straight in the series that was one of the best in the 90s. The Gators have not won four straight since 1983-86. FSU has played better as of late, but is leagues behind their in state rival. You have to wonder how long Bobby Bowden is going to stay. It is probably one day longer or victory than Joe Paterno (and the reverse for Paterno).
Even though the Gators have won 3 straight, this rivalry is as fierce as ever. Urban Meyer refers to FSU as “the school out west”. Spurrier called them Free Shoes University.

One bright spot for the Noles has been their defense. Mickey Andrews is still doing the job on defense for the Noles as they rank 15th nationally in rushing defense and 24th in scoring defense. FSU LB Geno Hayes lead the ACC in tackles for loss and said he was tired of the Tim Tebow talk and plans to end it on Saturday. Offensively, the Noles are still struggling. For all the grief former OC Jeff Bowden took, his offenses averaged more points per game than Jimbo Fisher’s this year.
They will be going up against the #5 scoring offense averaging 43ppg. The Gators are 18th in total offense with 455 ypg. The Gators are going to ride their horse Tim Tebow. As Tebow goes, so goes Gators. If the Noles are able to penetrate the Gator D, it will have to be by the pass as the Gator secondary is young and apt to leave the deep ball open. The Gators are much better defending the run than the pass ranking 14th in rushing defense, but 94th against the pass.

This was the game in college football in the 90s, but with FSU's demise it doesn't have the national title implications for both sides. I think the Gators are able to win this one pretty easily.

Florida 38 Florida State 21
Florida Wins, Covers, Over

Where else can you dress like this for a football game in November?

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