No. 15 FSU 10
Florida had been projected as candidates for a national title at the beginning of the season. They would not even win the SEC championship.
Florida coach Charlie Pell was asked if he was surprised FSU won eight games going into the Florida game despite its schedule.
Pell disgustedly said, “Despite their what?!” Pell pointed out that the Noles had victories over Cincinnati, Southern Illinois, East Carolina, South Carolina and Louisville which have a combined 28-26 record.
Southern Illinois which lost 59-8 to FSU, beat West Texas State 17-13, the Gators beat West Texas State 77-13.
Pell said this is his best offensive team while at Florida.
FSU entered the game second in the nation in total yardage and in scoring at 37.8 points per game. 3 times in 1982, FSU scored 50+ points.
However FSU coach Bobby Bowden’s preseason expectations were low.
Bowden said, “I try to base my summer predictions on being realistic.” Number one, Florida thrashed us like they did last year and has everybody returning. Our team that played against them, 60 percent of them are gone.
No, we got thrashed. He’s got everybody coming back. He’s got a predictable football team coming back. He’s gonna be pretty good. I always try to tell it like it is.
So I’m sure some people will say he was trying to pull the wool over our eyes. No, I didn’t know these guys were going to play like they’re playing.