Rivalry week and the last regular game of the season is when you can expect to see both teams opening the playbook and going all out. Urban Meyer seems to always save something special for Florida – Florida State week. Patrick Robinson knows the defense will have to step up and play better than they have all season to stop the talented passing game Florida bring to the table. "Their receivers are pretty fast and athletic. Their whole offense is, and they're gonna try to trick you in some of the things they do. They like to run a lot of plays with a lot of options. So the key to playing against them is just to make sure we stay home and not get distracted."
The Florida State secondary has given up several long pass plays this year while Florida offense has connected on a number of bombs. "We just need to be more focused than we have even been," said Robinson, "If we do that, we should get the job done." Not only will Florida be looking to go down field a lot, they like to run a very complex offense with several options. Robinson says there isn't anything special they need to do. "We need to just play our game and stick to our scheme. Coach Andrews has been looking at film and he will have us ready. So if we do what we need to, we can be successful."
Every time Florida and Florida State step on the field, emotions will be flying in one of the most heated rivalries in college football. During Robinson's senior year in high school, he committed to the Gators before changing his mind to become a ‘Nole. Robinson has called Florida State his "dream school' and that is why he made the switch. "We need to take this game as just that, another game. It's obviously more important than that, but we need to prepare like it's just another game."
With the majority of the team winless against the Gators, Robinson is looking to help send the seniors out with a win. "That's important to us. We want to send the senior out on top of this rivalry. We don't want it to be like the few teams that never beat Miami. So we just need to go out, do what we need to do and get the win for everyone."
Robinson has quickly emerged as Florida State's leading cornerback. This past weekend he intercepted his 6th pass in seven games and shares the lead for most picks in the ACC with Alphonso Smith of Wake Forrest. The Gators spread the field and will be taking several shots at the secondary which should give Robinson a chance to make several plays.
Florida State is heading into this weekend with a 7-4 record. With a win against UF, the ‘Noles will have won at least 8 games in 20 of their past 21 seasons. The ‘Noles are 5-5 in their last 10 trips to Gainesville and will look to improve on that mark Saturday. The game will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. EST and will broadcast nationally on CBS.