Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushing for Florida-Florida State football game despite scheduling conflict

The annual football game between the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles was removed from the 2020 schedule after the SEC, which includes Florida among its member schools, moved to a conference-only slate for a campaign planned to be held amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is looking into getting the showdown rescheduled.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), DeSantis addressed the matter during a discussion about high school sports that involved former Florida State star athlete Charlie Ward and former Florida defensive back Lito Sheppard.

"Charlie, Lito — I am going to see if we can make sure that rivalry game continues because I know it's one we all look forward to every year," DeSantis reportedly said.

"It's an epic rivalry, and if you're able to play, you're able to play, and so let's give the fans what they want."

Per the AP, Florida and Florida State have faced off every season since 1958. The ACC, which has FSU in its league, has scheduled an 11-game season that includes one non-conference contest for each school.

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