5 games to watch involving Florida teams in 2021
Here’s a look at five of the most important games between Florida teams this season.
Florida International in Florida Atlantic, October 2
Florida Atlantic has won the last four “Shula Bowl” outings, including last year’s 38-19 victory. The Owls are 14-4 to Florida International and haven’t lost at home since 2012.
Florida v Georgia, October 30
Florida overcame a 14-0 deficit for defeat Georgia 44-28 and break a three-game losing streak in Jacksonville. The victory also gave the Gators the crown of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. In fact, the winner has gone to play in the SEC title game every year since 2015. Although the Bulldogs have won six against their intrastate rival in the past decade, Florida still holds a dominant record of 22. -9 since 1990 – the same year Steve Spurrier took over and turned the Gators into a national powerhouse.
Miami at Florida State, November 13
Florida State Head Coach Mike Norvell missed the Miami game last season after positive test for coronavirus and forcing him to watch from home as tight ends coach and assistant head coach Chris Thomsen led the Seminoles from the sideline. The 52-10 beaten by the Hurricanes was Florida State’s most unbalanced loss in the series since a 47-0 rout in 1976. Miami’s four-game winning streak is the longest since the Hurricanes joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004.
South Florida to Central Florida, November 26
The “war on I-4” has been unbalanced since these two schools – about 96 miles apart along Interstate 4 – resumed their rivalry by becoming enemies of the conference in 2013. Central Florida is 6-2 since 2013, but the all-time series is tied at six wins apiece. Will the Knights still stuff the bulls on the Friday after Thanksgiving?
State of Florida to Florida, November 27
For the first time since 1957, Florida and the State of Florida did not face each other in 2020, despite a pushed by Governor Ron DeSantis to ensure that the rivalry would not be disrupted. It may have been as well for the Seminoles, who lost back-to-back games to the Gators for the first time since 2009. The Gators ended a five-game losing streak in 2018, routing Florida State 41-. 14. Florida dominated the Seminoles the last time they met two years ago, winning 40-17.