The Florida Gators survived a scare from Florida Atlantic last weekend and now host their second straight in-state opponent this weekend as the hated Florida State Seminoles come to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for a Saturday night tilt between top-15 teams. Kick-off in the Sunshine Showdown at the Swamp is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with coverage of the game airing nationally on ESPN. The Baltimore Gator Club will host a watch party for the contest at The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row, so come on down and watch as the Gators try to take down the Noles.
The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
No. 12 Florida (10-1, 7-1 SEC) overcame a stagnant offense and shaky kicking game to hold off FAU last weekend for a 20-14 overtime victory in soggy Gainesville. Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris hit senior tight end Jake McGee for a touchdown on UF’s OT possession and then the Gator defense kept the Owls out of the end zone to preserve the win.
The Orange and Blue once again can thank its defense for the victory as the unit held FAU under 300 yards and forced three turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 INT). Harris and the offense did just enough, with Kelvin Taylor carrying most of the load for the Gators (105 yd. and 1 TD).
No. 13 Florida State (9-2, 6-2, ACC) fell behind early to Chattanooga, and led by only one, 7-6, in the second quarter, but then outscored the Mocs, 45-7, the rest of the way en route to a comfortable win in Tallahassee. Running back Dalvin Cook recorded yet another 100-yd. game (106 yd.) and scored twice, and quarterback Sean Maguire tossed a pair of touchdowns for the Seminoles.
Florida still leads the all-time series with FSU, 34-23-2, but the Seminoles have won four of the last five contests, including each of the last two at the Swamp. UF last defeated its in-state rival in Gainesville back in 2009 when Tim Tebow led the Gators to a 37-10 drubbing of the Noles. Tebow threw for 221 yards and three scores while also running for 95 yards and two more touchdowns in his final home game.