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Florida State Wants Respect With Win Over Florida

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

One point separates Florida State being ranked No. 10 in the BCS and possibly sitting at No. 1 in the country.

The Seminoles 17-16 loss to North Carolina State derailed their perfect season and their title hopes. FSU lost a game they weren’t suppose to, on the road, against an opponent that shouldn’t have beat them.

It seems Jimbo Fisher and his team have put that all behind them. Now, their focus is on the No. 4 Florida Gators. A team they’ve beaten the past few years and a team that is considered one of the SEC’s best in 2012.

They want not only to beat the Gators, but to earn some RESPECT in doing so.

The Seminoles sit behind three two-loss teams in the BCS standings, including two from the SEC (LSU and Texas A&M). The third team is South Carolina who ranks two spots behind the Noles but sits ahead of them in the computer rankings. It’s a system that coach Fisher blasted a few weeks ago.

But, with a win over Florida, the Noles see a solution to put their frustration behind them. The Gators have beaten all three of the SEC teams ahead and behind of FSU in the BCS standings. If the Noles beat the Gators Saturday, they will have a strong case against the BCS for looking past them.

It’s been that kind of season for Florida State though. Their one loss has defined their season as well as keep them from achieving their ultimate goal. It’s time to focus on the Gators now though.

Winner takes the state in the battle for Florida.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

Follow Will on Twitter: @GoPackGo1