The 1990s Florida Gators-Florida State Seminoles annual tussle always left the believers with a stat for the detractors.
Every year, from 1990 through 2000, the Gators and Seminoles were each ranked in the Top Ten. Not even Texas and Oklahoma or LSU and Florida, the two most important football rivalries of the 2000s, can make such a claim.
Add a new stat: the rivalry's back.
No. 4 Florida will visit No. 10 Florida State in a matchup that harks back to the Bobby Bowden-Steve Spurrier days. One of the teams—Florida—even has faint national title hopes, should any of the three teams in front of them fall.
As Miami continues to flounder, it's a win for college football to have these two programs back to being contenders.
There's only one stat left that matters: who will win?