No. 2 Florida State at Florida 11/30/13 College Football preview
This is the weekend of rivalry. Games between teams whose matchups sometimes go back generations. These types of games transcend coaches and players. They are a part of each school’s history. These are the games when people say profound things like “You can throw the records out the window”.
Not so much when you look at this Saturday’s game between rivals Florida and Florida State. This is a game that features the good, the bad and the ugly.
First the good…in fact the very good. Florida State is ranked second in the country. They are allowing just about 11 points per game, and are second in the nation in that category. But these guys are not just doing it with defense, look at these offensive numbers: They are second in points scored in the country, putting up an average of 55.2 points per contest. They are passing at a 321 yards per game clip and rushing for an additional average of 211 yards. Talk about good, that’s an average of over 530 yards in total offense per game. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has put the ball in the air for 3,163 yards and 32 touchdowns. Granted, their schedule has been a relatively easy one, their toughest opponent was the then 3rd ranked Clemson Tigers, who Florida State manhandled 51-14. They are also playing on the road at Florida...athough that woon't be much of a problem. Gator fans have not been turning up in droves this season.
Now to the bad. Who could have thought it would have gotten THIS bad? The Florida Gators are 3-5 in the SEC and 4-7 overall. That’s not the worst of it. The team has now dropped 6 in a row, with last week's loss to little Georgia Southern describ as "embarrassing”. The Gators will suffer their first losing season since1979 and will spend the holidays at home, not qualifying for a bowl game for the first time in 22 seasons. In spite of all this, its was announced this week that embattled head coach Will Muschamp will return to coach the Gators next season. The team has no offense, their defense is average, and this is a team with no identity and no fire.
For the ugly, it is the pending sexually allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. There are ugly accusations in the air regarding not just Winston, but the conduct of the University and law enforcement in delaying any action against the phenom. This week it was announced that no action would be taken against the quarterback this week. .
If Gator fans don’t show for this game (and they likely won’t), it very well could sound like a Florida State homegame. It is a good thing for the Gators it is a noon start…this affair will be over early anyway.