Florida State and Florida renew their rivalry on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in a game that will be historic for the wrong reason. For only the second time in the rivalry’s history and first time since 1959, the Seminoles and Gators will meet with both teams having below .500 records.
But that isn’t likely to cool anything down in this heated rivalry, particularly because the winner will still have a shot at a bowl game while the loser goes home.
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Florida State-Florida game time, details
Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida
Weather: Mostly sunny, high of 72 degrees
Odds: FSU -5 (according to Oddsshark.com)
Which TV channel is Florida State-Florida on?
The Florida State-Florida matchup is on ESPN.
How can I watch Florida State-Florida online?
Fans can watch the Florida State-Florida matchup online at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Florida State-Florida on the radio?
Fans can listen to Florida State-Florida on the radio at Florida State Sports Network or WTLY 1270 AM.
Florida State-Florida preview, keys to the game
The Seminoles had a rough start to the year, losing sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois during a defeat against Alabama in Week 1. That sent the season into a tailspin, and in many ways, coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles have failed to recover.
After starting 0-2, FSU was close to pulling to .500 with victories against Wake Forest and rival Miami, but the Seminoles blew a late lead against the Hurricanes and fell to 1-3. Those events practically repeated themselves, as FSU beat Duke the following week and then lost to Louisville in the final seconds.
Against the Cardinals, the Seminoles were driving into the red zone in a tied game with under 5 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but freshman quarterback James Blackman, who has played all season in place of Francois, fumbled. Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson, capitalized on the mistake and drove Louisville into field goal range to win the game.
Blackman has shown flashes of talent, but for the most part, he’s played like an inexperienced quarterback. In 9 games, he’s completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,672 yards, 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
But the freshman signal caller has hardly been the team’s only issue. Losing both their top rusher and top receiver from last year has proved to be too much for the Seminoles to overcome. Furthermore, the defense was expected to be one of the best in the country, but FSU is only ranked sixth in total defense in the ACC. Sophomore Derwin James has struggled in his return from a major knee injury last year.
Things actually got even worse after losing to Louisville. The next Friday, Florida State fell in embarrassing fashion, 35-3, against Boston College.
But fortunately for the Seminoles, they have won 2 of the last 3 to keep their bowl hopes alive. At 35 years, Florida State currently has the longest bowl streak in the country, and they need to beat Florida and Louisiana Monroe next week, which is a rescheduled game because of Hurricane Irma, in order to guarantee bowl eligibility.
As bad as things have been for the Seminoles, they have arguably been even worse for the Gators. Florida lost its last 5 SEC games and only avoided bringing that losing streak into this matchup because they beat UAB last week.
The Gators also fired head coach Jim McElwain at the end of October. Randy Shannon is Florida’s interim head coach and will lead the Gators against the Seminoles in Week 13.
Just as Florida State does, Florida comes into this matchup at 4-6, but unlike the Seminoles, Florida didn’t re-schedule the game it lost because of Hurricane Irma. That means the best the Gators can finish is 5-6, but based on the current bowl picture, that record will likely be good enough for Florida to make a bowl game.