The two began 2013 side-by-side, with the Gators ranked 10th followed by the 11th-ranked Seminoles. But since, Florida has stumbled to a 4-7 record and dropped out of the rankings while Florida State, led by Heisman candidate Jameis Winston, has won all 11 of its games and is ranked No. 2 in the BCS Standings. They have earned an ACC title game berth and could a shot at the BCS championship.
Considering the two are bitter in-state rivals, nothing should please the Seminoles and Gators more than being as far away from each other as possible in the rankings or geographically. But heading into the annual season finale, the disparity between Florida State and Florida has grown so immense that the outcome of the game seems to be all but a formality this year.
Florida comes in on a six-game losing streak, most recently featuring an embarrassing 26-20 home loss to Georgia Southern, the program’s first ever to an FCS opponent. Making matters even worse, Florida paid the Eagles $550,000 for that loss.
On the other hand, the Seminoles enter the game fresh off an 80-point performance against a lesser opponent, Idaho. While the Gators have been hanging their heads on the sidelines, FSU players have been caught playing a game of hangman on the bench. These teams could not be any more different.
Though a point spread had not been set for the game as of Monday morning, the good money says FSU could give the Gators the worst beating in the history of the series on Saturday. To date, the biggest margin of victory for the Seminoles is 35 points in a 52-17 beatdown way back in 1988. The most lopsided game in the series, regardless of the winner, was a 49-0 Florida victory in 1973.
With the Gators piling up historically bad accomplishments faster than the rising temperature under Will Muschamp’s seat, there’s no reason to think FSU can’t top one or both of those marks this year.
Florida is already guaranteed its first losing season since 1979 and the program’s 22-year streak of bowl game appearances is also over. What’s one more historically hideous feather in the Gators’ swampy, water-logged caps?