The old saying, “misery loves company”, has never rang more true, as both Florida State and Florida will try and cap off horrendous seasons with a victory in the Swamp this Saturday.
It isn’t often that there isn’t something substantial on the line when FSU and UF clash for their annual Thanksgiving weekend rivalry, but this season is different.
The Gators will be entering the midday bash without a head coach and without a winning record. While the Seminoles losses out-weigh their wins, there is still a glimmer of hope that Florida State could keep their bowl streak alive with two more victories.
Florida entered the year expecting to contend for the SEC East Divisional Title. An honest Gator fan will tell you, that before the season started, this was a team with an outside shot of surprising Alabama and sneaking into the College football playoffs.
On the other hand, Florida State fans across the board thought that another college football playoff berth could be in the works regardless of the result of the opening game versus Alabama.
Then reality hit. For Florida, it was suspensions and continued average quarterback play. For Florida State, it is was awful coaching and a slew of injuries.
There are still tokens of pride at stake for the Noles, aside from the bowl streak. A win in Gainesville, would extend their winning streak over the Gators to 5 games, giving FSU their longest streak in this rivalry. On top of that impressive feat, it would secure the fact that Jimbo Fisher has never lost to Miami and Florida in the same year.
Once you finish your second or third mimosa, flip on the tv and you’ll remember why this is one of the best rivalries in college football. When those helmets are donned on the same field, all records fly out the window, and all that matters is winning. Or in the case of this season, all that matters, is who is worse.