GAINESVILLE, Fla. In a span of a couple of hours last weekend, Saturday afternoon's Sunshine Showdown between Florida and Florida State took on an even more meaningful tone.
It wasn't like this year's game needed any help from the hype machine.
When the No. 6-ranked Gators (fourth in the BCS) meet 10th-ranked FSU (10th in the BCS) at Doak Campbell Stadium, it will mark the first time in 12 years both programs are ranked in the top 10 at the time of their annual showdown.
Both teams are 10-1. Both defenses are ranked in the top four nationally. Both schools are on track for destination bowl trips.
Still, this one has an old-school feel that brings back memories of Spurrier, Bowden, Wuerffel, Dunn and all the other great characters that made the Gators-Seminoles must-watch TV throughout the 1990s.
Oh, and to keep with the retro theme, Saturday's game has national title implications.
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