Florida-Florida State Preview Capsule

The Associated Published:

No. 6 Florida (10-1) at No.10 Florida St (10-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Florida State by 7.

Series record: Florida leads 33-21-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Oh my, what isn't at stake? Florida sits fourth in the BCS rankings and while it needs help -- plenty actually -- it isn't totally shut out of the possibly of getting to the national championship game, but must win in Tallahassee to keep alive any far-fetched hopes. The Gators have already defeated SEC rivals Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Tennessee on the road. Florida State is aching to prove it's more than the beneficiary of a weak schedule. A 49-37 September victory over Clemson is the Seminoles' lone marquee victory. A win would also be Jimbo Fisher's 30th since taking over the program in 2010 from Bobby Bowden.

KEY MATCHUP

Coordinator Mark Stoops' nation's best defense against the somewhat offensively challenged Gators, who also bring one of the nation's top defenses into the game. However, Florida State's offense is one of the country's best with fifth-year senior EJ Manuel at the helm. Manuel has quietly put together a sparkling senior campaign, connecting on 68.8 percent of his passes for 2,785 yards and 21 touchdowns with five interceptions.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida: QB Jeff Driskel returns after missing last week's game with a sprained ankle. The 6-foot-5, 237-pound sophomore has thrown for 1,472 yards and 10 touchdowns and run for another 424 yards and four TDs. If the ankle is still tender Saturday, Driskel could have problems avoiding Florida State's pass rush, which has racked up 28 sacks.

Florida State: DE Cornellius "Tank" Carradine has been virtually unstoppable all season. The 6-5, 265-pound senior moved into a starting job after Brandon Jenkins suffered a season-ending injury in the season opener. Carradine has responded with a team-leading 69 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

FACTS & FIGURES

Florida State won last year 21-7 in Gainesville despite producing only 95 yards total offense ... It's the first time since 2000 that both schools are ranked in the Top 10 nationally when they meet in their annual regular season finale ... Seminoles have won the last two games by a combined 52-14 margin ... Manuel will try to join Florida State's Heisman Trophy winners, Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke, and Chris Rix as the only Seminoles quarterbacks with back-to-back wins over the Gators in the last quarter century ... Florida Heisman winner Tim Tebow was 3-0 in the series .. Florida State's Dustin Hopkins is the NCAA career scoring leader for kickers with 448 points and is just three field goals shy of becoming the all-time leader in that category ... Hopkins and Florida's Caleb Sturges are finalists for the Lou Groza award, given to the nation's best placekicker ... Fisher and Florida coach Will Muschamp still share ownership of a beach home.