Florida's Jeff Driskel Will Play vs. Florida State

By Patrick Schmidt

Jeff Driskel will play when No. 4 Florida travels to No. 10 Florida State in the regular season finale on Saturday.

The team’s starting quarterback missed the game last week against Jacksonville State with a sprained ankle he suffered in the team’s last-second win over Louisiana Lafayette.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said the team will monitor Driskel throughout the week in practice to determine how much he will be able to play.

Driskel did not practice on Monday, but Muschamp told Michael DiRocco of GatorNation, “He will practice tomorrow. He probably could practice today, but in talking with (trainer) Anthony Pass, we felt like it would be best for him to have treatment today.”

Florida has an outside shot at cracking the BCS Championship Game if they knock off Florida State and Notre Dame loses to USC this weekend.

That would set up an all-SEC title game for the second year in a row with the winner between Georgia and Alabama in the SEC Championship game being the other participant.

Jacoby Brissett started in his absence and completed 14 of 22 passes for 122 yards.

Driskel gives the Gators the best chance of defeating the Seminoles, because he completes nearly 65% of his passes and is also a dual-threat behind center and is the team’s second leading rusher behind Mike Gillislee.

The potential for a rotating quarterback on Saturday would not be in the best interest of Florida and if Driskel does not look good in practice, then they should give Brissett the start.

Florida State has a tremendous defense and the front four must be licking their chops at the possibility of chasing after a hobbled Driskel.

This showdown in the sunshine state should be a good one, and I’m sure Driskel is itching to compete against the school’s rival.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here.

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