The storied football rivalry between Florida State and Florida has had a happy ending for FSU fans the past three years. In fact, the Seminoles’ dominance of their in-state opponents since Jimbo Fisher became head coach in 2010 is remarkable.
FSU is 16-1 versus state of Florida foes since FSU lost to the Gators in 2012. “Those are important games to us,” Fisher said.
“We know the importance to our players, fans, alumni and school in general. Very proud we could play well in those games. Hopefully, we can keep it up.”
The No. 14 Seminoles (8-3) and No. 13 Gators (8-2) meet for the 61st time Saturday night.
Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ABC.
FSU enters as a 7-point favorite in a regular-season finale that expects to offer its traditional excitement.
The Seminole Nation also can turn its full attention to the game after Thursday’s news regarding Fisher.
The 51-year-old won’t replace Les Miles at LSU, according to media reports.
Rumors regarding Fisher’s future have swirled since last week when he was identified by media reports as the Tigers’ top coaching candidate.
FSU President John Thrasher told the Tallahassee Democrat Monday he thought Fisher was “happy” at FSU and “wants to stay.” Fisher also echoed those sentiments while not directly commenting on the rumors.