Sunshine State Battle with Huge ImplicationsAs if a possible National Championship berth isn’t enough, this weekend’s in-state rivalry game between Florida and Florida State will set the landscape for college football in the state of Florida for years to come. Under Jimbo Fisher, FSU is 6-0 in the state of Florida; with three consecutive wins over Miami, two consecutive wins over Florida, and a win against the USF Bulls. FSU will be looking to go 7-0 under Coach Fisher, and further etch in stone their present in-state dominance.
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The significance of the Florida/Florida State game goes way beyond the actual field of play. In what is quite possibly the most talent rich football state in America, thousands of recruits will be watching on hand and at home, waiting for their potential school of choice to make an impression.
Florida recruiting is trendy. In the days of Tim Tebow’s reign in Gainesville, recruits flocked to block, catch, and play defense for a team led by him. In recent years, it has been the Seminoles that have cleaned up on the recruiting trail with players such as Karlos Williams and James Wilder Jr. The question that will be answered on Saturday in Tallahassee is whether the Gators can put a dent in the Seminoles recruiting and on-field momentum.
Florida brings a pesky ball club into Tallahassee. One of the nation’s top defenses, the Gators have NFL talent at every level of the defense. Florida is very stout on special teams, and has played well away from the Swamp this year. The Gators easily boast the best defense the Seminoles have faced all season, which could present problems for the Seminoles in the passing game.
A win for Florida could give them a great argument for having played the toughest schedule in the country, and an argument to be in the Championship game over Alabama or Georgia. A win for the Seminoles could boost their rankings in the BCS and give them an outside shot at the Title game with a few more upsets in front of them. Will this in-state battle carry significant weight in the Sunshine State? Absolutely!
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