Florida-Florida State Preview Capsule
The Associated Press
Nov. 26, 2014
Florida (6-4, 4-4 SEC) at No. 1 Florida State (11-0, 8-0 ACC, No. 3 CFP), 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Florida State by 7 ½.
Series: Florida leads 34-22-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE:
Florida State is 60 minutes from going undefeated in consecutive regular seasons for the first time in school history. The Seminoles have already locked up a berth in the ACC championship game and have won 27 consecutive games. Aspirations of a second consecutive national title are on the line. Florida is playing for pride and the opportunity to send fired coach Will Muschamp out on a high note.
Florida State promoted freshman Roderick Johnson to starting left tackle two games ago after previously playing in just three games. He held up well against Miami and Boston College. Johnson will be tested by Dante Fowler Jr., who is No. 2 on the team with 53 tackles, 11 for loss, and one of the best defensive ends in the nation.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida: QB Treon Harris is the first true freshman to start for the Gators since 2003. The dual-threat quarterback was once committed to Florida State and has helped bolster the Florida run game and cut down on turnovers.
Florida State: QB Jameis Winston is the reigning Heisman winner and has thrown a touchdown in all 24 of his starts. His 312.5 yards per game ranks No. 6 in the nation and he has never lost as a starter.
FACTS & FIGURES
Florida State is 3-1 against Florida with Jimbo Fisher as coach and the Gators have not won in Tallahassee since 2008. ... The Seminoles will face Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game on Dec. 6. ... Florida State has scored on 42 of 46 trips to the red zone to rank No. 9 in the nation. ... FSU WR Rashad Greene has set the school career record for receptions and receiving yards and is five shy of breaking Peter Warrick's touchdown. ... The Gators were the last team to beat Florida State, 37-26 on Nov. 24, 2012. ... Florida ranks No. 5 in the nation with just 33 double-digit runs allowed. ... The Gators have held three opponents to 150 yards of total offense or less this season.