Florida Gators vs FSU Seminoles: picks, predictions & holds
This is the regular season finale in The Swamp, featuring teams from the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles who are both on the lookout for the fight for the bowl game.
On the one hand, the Gators seem unstable but motivated, having just fired their head coach on Sunday and hoping to end the year positively after significant turbulence. On the other, however, Florida State has regained its momentum throughout the second half of the season with a 5-2 record since early October.
The Gators are only considered a 2.5 point favorite over the Seminoles, according to the Sports Illustrated Sportsbook, with an over / under set at 59 points.
You can find AllGators‘picks, predictions and catches for the regular season finale below.
Zach Goodall (8-3): Florida 27, Florida State 24
I could no longer confidently choose Florida to win the games they were supposed to win last week, which led to me projecting a loss to Missouri last week.
This prediction came true. And then Dan Mullen was fired.
Now running backs coach / special teams coordinator Greg Knox will replace interim head coach of the Gators, a position he previously held. He replaced Mullen in Mississippi State for the 2017 Taxslayer Bowl and won his only game in that role before joining the Florida coaching staff.
I have no other reason to be confident that UF will win this Saturday other than the fact that Knox has an undefeated record as an interim manager. But for some reason that’s enough for me to pick the Gators.
Don’t sleep on FSU, however, as the Seminoles are more than capable of pulling off a win and stopping UF from reaching a bowl, which is undoubtedly the goal of rivals Florida in the state. Jashaun corbin was a spark for the FSU offensive and Jermaine johnson has emerged as one of the nation’s elite edge defenders.
Still, I buy the talent of the entire Florida roster over the FSU roster, and I think the Gators will be motivated to end the season on a high note following Mullen’s sacking.
Demetrius Harvey (7-4): Florida, 20, Florida State 34
The Gators are undergoing serious changes in their entire coaching staff following the ouster of former head coach Dan Mullen. Now, as the program goes through some turmoil, they look to take on one of their most hated rivals in the Florida State Seminoles.
This game has the makings of a trap for Florida as they are surrounded by many distractions. While, yes, the team will want to win the game themselves, no one can argue that losing their head coach can sometimes lead to less focus, especially at the college level.
Facing FSU, a team that is very hungry and hot at the right time is not a good recipe for victory for Florida.
With quarterback Jordan travis Paving the way for FSU in the QB this season, the transfer has been strong, efficient and has so far completed 63% of his passes this season for 1,337 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. This happened by dividing the tasks with McKenzie Milton throughout the year.
Florida’s defense looked improved last week, but I don’t see them repeating their performance this week. For that reason, I’m going to predict a Florida State victory and a no-bowl Gators team starting next year early.
Brandon Carroll (8-3): Florida 28, Florida State 24
Florida are heading home to end a season that quickly spiraled out of control after a two-point loss to Alabama Crimson Tide in Week 3.
Florida State and Florida both sit at 5-6 per year, making this annual end-of-regular-season contest a battle for bowl eligibility in 2021. However, the two teams have opposing tendencies.
Mike Norvell, despite starting 0-4, has the Seminoles at 5-2 in their last six games, only giving up contests for Clemson and then no. 19 NC State.
Meanwhile, Florida have lost four of their last five games and will enter the rivalry match with an interim head coach and defensive coordinator following the sackings of head coach Dan Mullen and Todd Grantham in recent years. weeks.
I think Florida are playing with a lot of energy and effort in their last game of the season, trying to end the year on a high note. They will try to show that they are better than this season against the Noles.
However, it won’t come as easily as against FSU in the past. This one will be a rambling contest, decided by a score in the swamp.
It could go either way, but I think Anthony richardson starting quarterback will be the deciding factor, leading Florida to outlast a burgeoning Florida State team.
Ethan Budowsky (7-3): Florida 24, Florida State 17
Did not submit a pick for Florida against Samford
These one-off matches with a caretaker coach usually go two ways: really good or really bad. The good news for the Gators is that there should be a lot of motivation for this one, as a win keeps them from avoiding the dire scenario of missing a bowl game.
If you had told anyone before the season that the Gators were in desperate need of a win over Florida State, I would have called you crazy. I would have called you crazy too if you had told me Florida State had a chance to win this game.
Still, here we are and this one looks like a toss-up. With the news that Anthony Richardson is the likely incumbent of the quarterback position, I think it gives Florida a boost. The same goes for a local audience who will desperately seek a positive end to the season. I think the Gators win a lousy game between two teams that just aren’t that good.
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