After losing two straight in October, the Noles have won three of their last four, including an upset win over then No. 2 ranked Boston College three weeks ago. The rivalry hasn't been very competitive in recent years, favoring the Gators, but Florida State is hoping to look more attractive to the bowl committees with a win over the Gators that would improve them to 8-4 rather than dropping to 7-5.
"I've been here two years now, but when I first got here, playing in the SEC and against them, it's a whole different animal down here," Meyer said. "The defense is really, really fast. And then when they put Parker in the backfield, they're really fast on offense, too."
Bobby Bowden will be coaching in his 32nd regular season matchup with the Gators, but Meyer doesn't see himself lasting that long.
"I can't see him or Joe Paterno happening again," Meyer said. "Those days are done."
Tebow on watch
Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes made a bold prediction on Monday when he said that Gator quarterback "Tim Tebow's going down" on Saturday. Tebow, who has already had to deal with harassing phone calls from LSU fans this season, is up for the challenge.
"I'm sure they'll tackle me," Tebow said. "Things just get heated up and excited about the game. It's fine. We use it as motivation."
Tebow said he welcomes the challenge, but Meyer is not so fast to start posting Hayes's quotes on the bulletin board.
"I don't know how big a bulletin board guy that I am," Meyer said. "I'll probably discuss that I saw it. I've had a bunch of people throwing at me. We didn't have a very good practice, so maybe later in the week we'll talk about that stuff."
Freshman corner Joe Haden is still questionable for Saturday's game after suffering a high ankle sprain against Florida Atlantic. Meyer said Markihe Anderson, Moses Jenkins and Jacques Rickerson are the options behind Haden.
"[Rickerson] did a nice job today," Meyer said. "He's up for the challenge. If he weren't, we wouldn't put him out there."
Meyer noted that defensive tackle Michael Pouncey practiced on Tuesday. Pouncey is dealing with a hyper-extended knee.
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