Florida State vs. Florida has a history of being one of the most proud rivalries in college football. In the 1990s, it had a reputation of having national title implications year in and year out, and though the prestige of the rivalry declined in the early 2000s, the intensity has never diminished.
This year, No. 2 Florida State (11-0, 8-0 ACC) heads to Gainesville to take on a fastly imploding Florida (4-7, 3-5 SEC), which sets up this year as a sort of contradiction to the legacy of the Battle for the Governor's Cup.
Yes, there are national title implications, but they are solely the Seminoles, which should be substantial favorites (Vegas has not released a spread yet).
The surrounding storylines of the game then raises the question: Will this year's Florida State-Florida game be the most lopsided ever?
|Florida's six-game win streak vs. FSU|
If FSU blows out Florida, it will be its form of karmic payback for the six straight years that the Gators beat the Seminoles, which included three straight blowouts during the Tim Tebow years.
The largest margin of victory came in 1973, when the Gators defeated the Seminoles 49-0. This was three years before Bobby Bowden came to turn around the program, and Florida State was the punching bag of the college football world.
Since then, there hasn't been a shutout recorded by either team in the series; in fact, that was only the second shutout all time, with the other coming in 1960.
This year could prove ugly for the Gators, which just suffered a loss to FCS opponent Georgia Southern and will miss a bowl for the first time since 1990. Florida has been anemic on offense, due to both shoddy play-calling and a shocking amount of injuries on the offensive side of the ball.
The Gators have gone through two quarterbacks this year, in addition to multiple offensive linemen and other key pieces that are essential to fielding a competent offense.
Their defense remains the lifeblood of the team, though Georgia Southern defeated the Gators without completing a single pass in the game.
Florida State, should it have Jameis Winston on Saturday, is coming off a game where the team scored 80 points, and the Seminoles have not scored under 40 at any point this season.
It's a reasonable assumption that the 'Noles will win, but by how much is the question. The largest number of points in the series comes from Florida, which in 1983 scored 53, and Florida State will do its best to match the total.
If the trends that have been consistent all season continue, it's not out of imagination that Florida State could set a few series records Saturday.