Given the way this team has performed, I was fully expecting to pick Florida State to win this game in comfortable fashion. Last week’s loss to Missouri was somehow simultaneously a better performance and worse performance than I predicted, but with bowl eligibility on the line, I expect the team to come out playing hard in this game.
The problem is, Florida fired coach Dan Mullen after Mullen dismissed defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy. So, UF is down three coaches in this one against a team that has rapidly improved this year in a game without much to play for other than in-state bragging rights.
I think this could be a good matchup for Florida, and it should be able to score some points after struggling in that regard last week. But the Seminoles are 5-2 since starting the year 0-4, and I just can’t quite talk myself into the Gators pulling this one off.
Florida State 34, Florida 31