FSU Football knows that a win this weekend at the home of the Gators will extend their record winning streak at the home of the orange and blue.
This Saturday, the FSU Football team will take the field under the lights of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field and – for the 64th time in series history – face off with the Florida Gators looking to extend their winning streak to three straight games for the first time since the 2017 season and do something even more special in the process.
While the Seminoles know that, at 6-5 on the season, they are going to be coming as heavy underdogs against a 9-2 Florida team with hopes of making it to a New Years Six bowl game for a second straight season, the garnet and gold know that they have a little bit of pressure they can apply on their host come Saturday night.
This year’s senior class for both FSU football and the Gators wasn’t even in high school the last time the Gators were able to beat the Seminoles in Gainesville – all the way back in the 2009 season, when Tim Tebow and the orange and blue knocked off the Noles in the final regular season game for legendary coach Bobby Bowden.
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Since then, the teams have met four times in Alachua County – and each time, the Seminoles have come out on top. It’s the longest win streak that the Noles have had in Gainesville over the series that dates back to the 1958 season and the second longest road win streak in the series, trailing a six game win streak Florida had in Tallahassee from 1966 to 1976.
It’s a four game win streak that the Seminoles love not just because of the domination – with FSU football outscoring the Gators 126-38 over those games, including holding Florida to seven points or less in four of the meetings – but because it has turned around a series that was dominated for a while by their hated rivals.
In total, the Seminoles have won seven of the last nine meetings between the rivals – something that turned around a series that shows Florida won seven of the previous nine meetings starting in 2001 and 10 of the 17 meetings dating back to the 1995 season, including a certain Sugar Bowl that we are not going to talk about.
It’s been a series of late that went from national spotlight showdown to somewhat of an after thought, considering the fact Florida has had losing season in 2013 and 2017 and the Seminoles had one last season – but it’s still going to be the game of the year for many in garnet and gold and orange and blue despite the seven combined losses this season.
If the Seminoles can get the upset win this weekend, it would be huge because it would be the first time in the history of the series – THE HISTORY OF IT, to be clear – that a home team has gone the entire decade without winning a game. Think about that for a second, if you will.
This is a series that has featured some bad teams – the Seminoles in the early 1970s, for example – and the home team has always managed to get at least one win in a decade. If FSU football can keep that from taking place this season, Florida’s series lead will mean nothing – because the Seminoles will OWN their hated foes from Gainesville.
It’s going to take plenty of work – this is a good Gators team whose losses are to teams currently ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings – but the Seminoles know what’s in front of them. Now, the question just becomes can they shock the world and take control of this series, the city of Gainesville and all who wear orange and blue.