Florida vs. Florida State: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 26:  Running back Trey Burton #8 of the Florida Gators falls short of a first down on a fake punt against the Florida State Seminoles November 26, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The rivalry between the Florida State Seminoles and Florida Gators has finally risen back into national prominence.

Both teams rank in the BCS Top 10 for the first time in several years. Better yet, the Gators (10-1) have national title implications at stake in Tallahassee. More on that later.

The Seminoles (10-1), on the other hand, share the same win total as Florida but have been left out of the BCS title chase due to a weak ACC. Playing spoiler and ruining their in-state rivals championship bid, though, is a sweet consolation prize.

Two of the country’s top defenses square off in one of the best games of Week 13. It has been more than a few years, but the Florida-Florida State rivalry is back to must-watch television.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

Watch: ABC

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Free Football Radio


Betting Line (via Covers)

Spread: Florida State (-6), Over/Under: OFF

Being saddled as an underdog by more than a field goal seems harsh, but the Gators have done no favors offensively for oddsmakers to believe they’ll light up the scoreboard in Tallahassee.

In supposed “cupcake games” against Louisiana Lafayette and Jacksonville State, they won by a unimpressive combined margin of 26 points.

Meanwhile, Florida State has taken care of a light ACC schedule with relative ease. They were the higher-ranked team until being upset by NC State and have been perceived as the best team in Florida most of the year.

Backed by their home crowd and revenge, the number seems right where it should for this rivalry showdown.

Injury Report (via USA Today as of 11/19/2012)


Jeff Driskel




Ian Silberman




De'Ante Saunders




Mack Brown




Andre Debose




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Florida State

E.J. Manuel




Will Tye




Jacob Fahrenkrug




Trey Pettis




Garrett Faircloth




Moses McCray




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BCS/Top-25 Implications

If Notre Dame loses to USC on Saturday night, the Gators would almost certainly vault into the No. 2 spot of the BCS Standings with a win over Florida State. It would also guarantee an All-SEC National Championship game for two years running.

This game will take place before Notre Dame and USC take the field, so the Gators will go for the win unbeknownst if it’s a “win and you’re in” scenario.

The Seminoles are almost a sure thing to play in the Orange Bowl against the Big East champion, due to bowl contracts.

The Seminoles will need to win the ACC Championship next weekend, but will face replacement team Georgia Tech after Miami self-imposed a bowl ban on themselves. Sounds like a lock, if you ask me.


Florida Player to Watch: Mike Gillislee, RB

Florida can win tight games without strong quarterback play if Gillislee can pace the offensive attack.

Once the SEC’s leading rusher this season, Gillislee has been slowed by injuries and inconsistencies down the stretch.

Safe to say, though, when he has a great game, the Gators have been an all-around juggernaut. Look no further than his coming out party versus LSU, when he ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a gritty 14-6 win.

Somebody will need to break through this feisty Seminole defense for the Gators to score points. Without offensive production from their grinder, the Gators could get blown out of Tallahassee.


Florida State Player to Watch: EJ Manuel, QB

The Gators have rarely been tested through the air in 2012, but then again, Manuel is the most accomplished quarterback they’ve faced this season.

The senior can break open this rivalry game with his dual-threat ability if he chooses.

The real issue is whether Manuel will manage expectations and continue throwing ridiculous passing numbers. He has yet to have a passer rating less than 125 and has multiple touchdowns passes in all but three games this season.

Manuel comes into this Florida game much better than a year ago, but will he show up against the best defense he will face all year?

This is why we watch.


Prediction: Florida State 20, Florida 16

This rivalry game will play out like a tug-o-war, yet Florida State will ultimately win out with a more consistent running game.

A James Wilder Jr. touchdown seals it in Tallahassee, as the Seminoles keep the Gators out of the national title picture.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek.