No. 11 Florida looks to secure back-to-back 10-win seasons and consecutive victories against its in-state rival when it welcomes Florida State to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday night. The Gators are right in the thick of the race for a second-straight New Year’s Six bid, currently sitting just outside the top 10 of the College Football Playoff Rankings with an opportunity to move up in the coming weeks. Florida’s only losses this season have been to teams currently in the top four of the rankings, so as long as it can defeat the Seminoles, it will have a great argument as one of the top 10-2 teams in the country.
Florida State enters the game with uncertainty still about the future of its head coaching position, but for now, interim coach Odell Haggins brings his 4-0 interim record into the game looking for his second win against the Gators. Haggins took the helm in 2017 after Jimbo Fisher’s exit to Texas A&M, and now he’s not only guiding the team post-Willie Taggart but potentially building an argument for his own candidacy for the full-time job.