TALE OF THE TAPE

College Football Week 13: #6 Florida At #10 Florida State

Florida
Florida State
Jacksonville State v Florida
Florida State v Virginia Tech
Coaching
Winner Will Muschamp has returned Florida to an elite program in his second year. This team has its flaws, but has won several close games.
Florida State’s schedule has been weak; it’s not their fault Clemson is the only other good ACC squad, but their nonconference foes were abysmal. Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles get a real test on Saturday.
Offense
Let’s face it: it’s late November; this offense probably isn’t going to morph into anything special at this point.
Winner FSU’s offense is tops in the country if you go by yards per play. Florida fields by the far the best defense the ’Noles have faced this season.
Defense
Winner This has been the Gators’ strength all season. Florida would not be having nearly as successful a season without its dominant D.
The statistics show that FSU’s defense matches its high-powered offense, but the competition needs to be taken into consideration. Still, this is a talented, confident group.
Special Teams
Winner A week after a blocked punt helped the Gators avoid an epic upset, the Gators’ special teams were solid again last Saturday.
Last week, kicker Dustin Hopkins set the FBS record for career points by a kicker.

The Winner Is

Jacksonville State v Florida
Winner Florida
3 out of 4

With all the upsets happening in college football, you can’t dismiss either of these teams from the national championship discussion, as the winner would claim another impressive win. The defense and coaching are very close, so despite Florida’s categorical edge don’t be shocked by an FSU victory.

-Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor

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