It’s been four years since Florida last played at Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, but the Gators return to the state capital on Friday to take on their biggest state rivals, the Florida State Seminoles.
Florida has won the last three competitions played between these two teams, but UF comes out as a significant underdog on Friday. FSU has had an impressive season and is currently ranked 16th in the country according to the College Football Playoff Committee. The folks at CBS Sports were trying to predict which team would emerge victorious, and they see that Florida State not only wins, but also covers the spread against Florida.
“The Seminoles have surpassed the 38-point mark in each of their last four games, including a 38-3 win over Syracuse two games ago. That will force Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson to become a bigger threat with his arm, and that’s not his forte. Yes, he threw for 400 yards in the loss to Vanderbilt last weekend, but he had to do it so his team had a chance after a slow start. I take the Seminoles to win and cover, especially since a 10-point win is the money.”
However, Billy Napier is not bothered to cover the spread. He’s on course to win it, and a win would mean he’d avoid a record .500 in his first year as Florida’s head coach. The season has certainly had its share of ups and downs, with the nadir perhaps coming a week ago in Nashville, but a win over FSU would be a nice ending.
However, Florida has had its fair share of injuries to contend with this week, which will make things even harder for Richardson. He’s got two freshmen starting wide, and he may not have his primary slot receiver this week either. Florida may need to lean on the running game, despite the opinion of CBS Sports’ pundits.
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