It has been an interesting season for the Florida State Seminoles in 2013. They are currently unbeaten and looking to make an appearance in the BCS national title game if they win out, but they will need to hope for their star quarterback, Jameis Winston’s, innocence.
As successful as the Seminoles have been this season, the Florida Gators have been just the opposite in 2013. Starting the year as one of top teams in the SEC, Florida has since dropped off the map dramatically, losing six straight games, including one to an FCS squad.
Florida State has had one of the most successful overall teams this season and the offense has been no exception to that, ranking 14th in the nation in passing, 23rd in rushing and second in scoring. Jameis Winston has put together a nice Heisman-worthy campaign, passing for 3,163 yards and 32 touchdowns, hitting Rashad Greene a team-high 57 times for 889 yards and nine touchdowns — all team-highs. Devonta Freeman leads the rushing attack with 808 yards and 11 touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry.
Florida’s offense has been a problem all season long, ranking in the bottom half of the nation in all major offensive categories including points per game as well as yards per game. Quarterback Tyler Murphy took over for the injured Jeff Driskel after the first couple weeks of the season and has been pretty average, passing for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns in his six starts on the year — he has been out the last two weeks with a shoulder injury and may return this week. Mack Brown leads the rushing attack with 527 yards and four scores with only 100 rushing yard game on the year.
Defensively, the Gators had a tough time slowing down the run game of Georgia Southern a week ago, ultimately leading to their defeat. Florida ranks 16th in points allowed and sixth in yards allowed per game this season. Florida State has been just as successful, if not more, ranking second in points allowed as well as fifth in yards allowed per game this season.
Florida State will travel to Florida to take on the Gators at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 30. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Florida State 40, Florida 17