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Monday November 19, 2012Countdown to Kickoff: Florida vs. Florida State Game Notes

No.  6/6 Florida (10-1, 7-1 SEC) will travel to Tallahassee for a top-10 matchup against the No. 10/5 Florida State Seminoles (10-1, 7-1 ACC).


For the third time this season, the Gators will be facing a top-10 opponent and it marks the fifth ranked opponent overall,  the first time since 2005 that UF has faced three top-10  teams in the regular season. The last time that the Gators defeated three top-10 teams in the regular season was 1997 (beat No. 4 Tennessee, No. 6 Auburn, No. 2 Florida St.).


2012 Ranked Opponents        Result

No. 23 Tennessee                     W, 37-20

No. 4 LSU                                   W, 14-6

No. 9 South Carolina               W, 44-11

No. 12 Georgia                          L, 9-17

No. 10 Florida State                  TBA             


This weeks meeting will mark the 57th meeting all-time in the series between the two schools. UF holds a 33-21-2 edge in  the  overall  series,  including  a  12-11-1  record  in Tallahassee. UF and FSU have faced each other in the regular- season finale each year since 1980. (In 2001, games of Sept. 11  were  postponed  until  the  week  following  the  end  of  the regular season).


Florida is coming off a 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State, becoming just the third Gator team to go 7-0 at home in a season, while Florida  State  wrapped  up  conference  play  last  week  with  a 41-14 win at Maryland to clinch the ACC Atlantic Division.


With a  win against  Jacksonville StateWill   Muschamp became the third Florida head coach to record 10 wins in his second season as head coach. Steve Spurrier won 10 in 1991 and Urban Meyer won 13 in 2006.


According  to  the  NCAA,  Florida  currently  has  the  No.  1 strength of schedule (only FBS games count).


School                               Opp. Record        Pct.

1. Florida                           64-33                     .660

2. Arizona                          66-36                     .647

3. Missouri                         64-36                     .640

4. California                      65-38                     .631


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