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|No. 4 FLORIDA GATORS||No. 10 FLORIDA STATE|
|Head Coach: Will Muschamp||Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher|
|Record: 10-1||Record: 10-1|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Atlantic Coast|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida +6.5 | O/U: 41.5
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida is 33-21-2 all-time against Florida State and leads the series 12-11-1 on the road in Tallahassee. UF and FSU have played every year since 1958 without a break and squared off twice in both 1995 and 1997.
» The Gators had won six-straight games in the series from 2004-2009 but have lost back-to-back games to the Seminoles. FSU is looking to win three-straight for the first time since 1998-2000 and has not lost to an in-state rival since Nov. 28, 2009.
» It is the first time in 12 years that both teams enter the game ranked in the top 10.
» Florida is 3-1 vs. teams currently in the BCS top 10.
» UF currently boasts the No. 1 ranked strength of schedule nationally.
» Florida finished 7-0 at home in a season for just the third time in school history. The 2006 and 2009 UF teams also accomplished that feat.
» The Gators are 3-6 against ranked teams under Muschamp but 3-1 in that category this season with wins over Tennessee, LSU and South Carolina and a loss to Georgia.
» Florida was 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but has flipped that around and is 4-1 in 2012 in that category with all four victories vs. SEC opponents (two ranked).
» The Gators are 11-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 1-5 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. UF is also 14-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 10-1 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 11-3 when scoring first and 13-1 when leading at the half.
» Florida has faced three top-25 total offenses, giving up an average of 18 points per game to those teams. The Gators, ranked No. 4 in total defense and No. 3 in scoring defense, have not allowed an opponent to score more than 20 points this season.
» Florida State is No. 1 in total defense and No. 5 in scoring defense but has only faced one top-25 total offense, allowing 37 points in that game.
» UF has faced four top-20 total defenses and four top-20 scoring defenses. FSU has taken on one top-20 total defense and the No. 47 scoring defense nationally.
» Florida has converted a paltry 54-of-153 third-down attempts (34.3 percent) this season, which is tied for 95th nationally in that category.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 42-of-160 on third down conversions (26.3 percent), which is good for second-best in the nation. UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida is averaging 32:49 in time of possession through 11 games, a margin that ranks ninth nationally and first in the SEC by 1:39 per game.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 168-55 in the second half (47-27 over the last four games) and 91-23 in the fourth quarter.
» Florida is +13 in turnover margin after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (342) since 2000.
» The Gators have grabbed 16 interceptions so far in 2012, doubling its 2011 total of eight. UF has grabbed at least one pick in eight games and has forced eight fumbles.
» Florida is first nationally in pass efficiency defense (90.4) and sixth in rushing defense (95.2 yards). UF has allowed one pass touchdown in its last five games.
» The Gators have at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010. UF has not yet registered a kick return (or punt return) in 2012.
» Florida is third nationally in net punt average (41.6 yards per punt).
Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State topped Florida 21-7 in 2011, scoring all of its points off of turnovers in a game marked by underwhelming offensive play from both teams. Gators quarterback John Brantley threw three interceptions in just over one quarter of play and was knocked out of the game with a concussion in the second quarter. Jacoby Brissett was unable to get anything going for Florida until late in the fourth quarter, and FSU managed just 95 yards of total offense in the game with E.J. Manuel going 6-for-15 for 65 yards through the air. In fact, UF had the 140-39 yardage advantage at halftime and doubled up its visitors 184-95 over the course of the game. The Seminoles only turned the ball over once in the game and out-possessed the Gators by three minutes as both teams went 2-for-15 on third down.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES*
» Active (4): Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel (ankle), redshirt junior wide receiver Andre Debose (knee), sophomore fullback Hunter Joyer (thigh), redshirt sophomore right tackle Chaz Green (ankle)
» Questionable (1): Redshirt sophomore linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle)
» Inactive (11): Sophomore safety De’Ante Saunders (knee), redshirt sophomore guard Ian Silberman (shoulder), redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Leon Orr (infection), junior defensive back Cody Riggs (foot), redshirt junior tackle Matt Patchan (pectoral), junior long snapper Drew Ferris (collarbone), redshirt freshman guard Tommy Jordan (shoulder), junior Buck LB Ronald Powell (ACL), freshman tight end Colin Thompson (foot), redshirt junior defensive end Kedric Johnson (knee), senior defensive lineman Nick Alajajian (knee)
* As of Friday at 5 p.m.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
They may need some help in the form of a Notre Dame loss to secure a spot in the national championship, but the Gators cam put themselves in position to do just that with a victory on Saturday over the Seminoles. Should Florida not receive any help, it can still lock up a spot in a BCS bowl game (likely the Sugar Bowl) with a win and would probably move up to No. 3 in the standings after the SEC Championship Game. UF can also break a two-game losing streak to FSU, and Muschamp can win his first game against either Georgia or Florida State (0-3) in his two years at Florida.
The Gators are the best team the Seminoles will have faced all season long, and a victory Saturday can go a long way to proving this team is a true contender. Though the ladder might be too high to climb to get back into the national title picture, Florida State can end the season with a bang while dashing its rivals’ hopes of accomplishing something bigger. FSU could register its first three-game winning streak over UF since 1998-2000 and finally even up its home record in the series.