Tale of the Tape: 'Noles vs. Gators

Florida and Florida are both unranked and off of the national radar, but the annual affair between the two programs is still a big rivalry. Jimbo Fisher and Will Muschamp face each other for the first time.

The Matchup

Florida State (7-4, 5-3 ACC) travels to rival Florida (6-5, 3-5 SEC) to close out the regular season in the annual non-conference clash. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPN2. ...

The Seminoles will try and rebound from their streak-snapping, 14-13 loss to Virginia, which came on the heels of five consecutive wins. The Gators attained bowl eligibility by pulling away from Furman late in the second half of a 54-32 victory. ...

Second-year FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and first-year Florida coach Will Muschamp are long-time friends and were on the staff together at LSU.

The Series

Florida State and Florida meet for the 56th time in a series that dates back to 1958. ...

The Gators lead the all-time series 33-20-2, including a 20-8-1 record at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field. ...

FSU is gunning for its first victory in Gainesville since 2003, when it posted a dramatic 38-34 triumph on Chris Rix's "Hail Mary" pass to P.K. Sam. ...

Florida's three-game home winning streak is the series is the longest since it rattled off four in a row in the odd years from 1969-75. ...

The Seminoles snapped a six-game losing streak against the Gators last season in Tallahassee 31-7 behind a dominant defensive effort and the quarterback play of Christian Ponder. ...

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Scalp 'Em

Since 1987, the start of Florida State's NCAA-recognized 14-year dynasty, the Seminoles have posted a 14-11-1 record against Florida.

The Coaches

Florida State: Second-year coach Jimbo Fisher has an all-time record of 17-8, which includes an 11-5 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Fisher led the Seminoles to a 10-4 record in 2010, which included a 6-2 league mark, as FSU won the Atlantic Division title.

Florida: First-year coach Will Muschamp has guided the Gators to bowl eligibility and a 6-5 mark, which includes a 3-5 record against Southeastern Conference opponents.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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