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Breaking down Florida’s rivalry win over FSU


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GOOD: Florida beat a Florida State team with a lot of momentum despite being down a head coach, defensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Interim coach Greg Knox got a big win in the rivalry game, and the Gators are going to a bowl game while the Seminoles are going home. Beyond the schadenfreude of another losing season for FSU, a bowl game gives the team extra practices. While those are made less valuable by the fact that a new staff will be coming in, you never turn down an opportunity to get better, and the bowl trip is a good reward, especially for seniors.

BAD: The Gators could have won this game by more. They led 24-7 at one point late in the second half, but they allowed a comeback. Florida State scored with less than a minute left to cut Florida’s lead to three, and it needed the Seminoles to have a comically bad whiff on an onside kick attempt to avoid potentially blowing the lead.

UGLY: Quarterback Emory Jones has had some tough games this year, but Saturday’s was probably the worst. He threw three interceptions and was eventually replaced by Anthony Richardson, who didn’t do a lot but still sparked the offense to score 17 points in the second half. It seems possible Jones made his last start in a Florida uniform on Saturday.



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