No. 2 FSU at Florida, noon, ESPN, 620-AM, 1040-AM
The Gators (4-7) are on a six-game losing streak and would like nothing better than to end their season by ruining Florida State's. Florida will honor 17 seniors, including St. Petersburg Catholic alumnus Jon Halapio. UF coach Will Muschamp called the seniors "a hard-working class that bought into what we're trying to do." The Gators have struggled with slow starts all season, which could be a serious problem if they fall behind early: Florida State QB Jameis Winston has 23 first-half touchdowns and the Seminoles (11-0) have scored 607 points this season. On the flip side, the Gators have not scored 40 in a game all season and have just 219 total points. Florida most likely will start third-team QB Skyler Mornhinweg for the third straight week against a defense that has held opponents to 20 or fewer points in 32 of its past 39 games.
Watch out for … The Gators have the No. 1 pass defense and No. 2 total defense in the SEC, and it will certainly be put to the test. FSU has scored 40 or more points in every game this season, including a school-record 80 last week in a win over Idaho.
Antonya English, Times staff writer