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Florida at Florida State
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

Florida has nothing left to play for except pride and the chance to ruin the undefeated run of one of their fierce rivals. The Gators will try to throw a big wrench into Florida State’s plans to repeat as national champions when they visit the Seminoles on Saturday. Florida already announced that coach Will Muschamp would not be back next season, and a win over Florida State is how his players would like to send their coach out.

The Seminoles are No. 2 in the coaches' poll but No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, leading most to believe one loss would knock Florida State behind a one-loss Big Ten or Big 12 champion. It has been over two years since Florida State lost, when Florida came to Tallahassee and posted a 37-26 victory on Nov. 24, 2014. “They don't need fireworks to get ready for this one,” Muschamp told reporters. “They'll be ready to go. Our guys are excited about this game.”

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Florida State -7.5

ABOUT FLORIDA (6-4, 4-4): Florida brass let Muschamp know he would not return as coach after South Carolina edged the Gators in overtime on Nov. 15 – marking the team’s third straight home loss. The players responded last week, ripping Western Kentucky 52-3 and giving Muschamp a win in his final home game. Florida has a defense capable of giving the Seminoles fits and has recent experience beating a ranked opponent after posting a surprise 38-20 shellacking of Georgia on Nov. 1.

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (11-0): Quarterback Jameis Winston gets most of the attention for the Seminoles and not all of it is positive, as the reigning Heisman winner sparked another debate about his maturity when he shoved a ref out of the way in last week’s 20-17 win over Boston College. “He didn’t push,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters. “He’s trying to get his shoulder in there and get the ball. It had never happened to us before.” The Seminoles needed a last-second field goal to knock off the Eagles at home and fell behind Miami 23-7 the previous week before pulling out a 30-26 win.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Winston threw for 327 yards and three TDs in a 37-7 win at Florida last season.

2. Gators QB Treon Harris, who left last week’s game with a knee contusion, is expected to start.

3. Seminoles WR Rashard Green needs 137 receiving yards to break the ACC record of 3,749 set by Connor Vernon at Duke (2009-12).

PREDICTION: Florida State 20, Florida 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Florida 6-4 W1 31.6 20.9 3-3 3-1 5-4 0-0 4-4
Florida State 11-0 W11 35.5 22.3 6-0 5-0 8-0 0-0 8-0
Last Meeting
Florida Florida State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/30/13 FSU 37 FLA 7 193 78 115 456 129 327
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida S. Mornhinweg 80.0 115 1 0
Florida State J. Winston 61.3 327 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida T. Burton 2 47 23.5 0
Florida State J. Wilder Jr. 10 63 6.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida M. Brown 2 25 12.5 0
Florida State K. Benjamin 9 212 23.6 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida H. Joyer 1
Florida State K. Benjamin 3
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida J. Driskel 54.4 1092 9 10
Florida State J. Winston 66.0 3125 19 13
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida M. Jones 157 788 5.0 6
Florida State D. Cook 100 584 5.8 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida D. Robinson 43 703 16.3 7
Florida State R. Greene 83 1148 13.8 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida M. Jones 7
Florida State K. Williams 11
Quickchart Matchup
Florida Off vs  Florida State Def
379 yards
379.2 yards
4.5 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt
Florida State Off vs  Florida Def
441.5 yards
308.8 yards
4.1 yards/rush
2.9 yards/rush
8.4 yards/attempt
6 yards/attempt