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College football scouting report: No. 1 Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles

The top-ranked Gators (11-0) are looking for their sixth straight win against the Seminoles (6-5), which would match their longest winning streak against a Bobby Bowden-led team (1981-86). The past two games have not been competitive as the Seminoles have had no answer for Gators QB Tim Tebow. He may not have gaudy stats this season, but the offense is still potent, and the FSU defense is struggling, allowing 434.36 yards (106th in Division I-A) and 30.18 points (95th). The Seminoles' strength has been a much-improved offense, which has continued to do well with redshirt freshman QB EJ Manuel taking over for the injured Christian Ponder. Manuel is 2-0 as a starter, but he hasn't played in as hostile an environment as the Swamp or against such a dominating defense. UF is second in Division I-A in total defense, allowing an average of just 229.82 yards, and is first in scoring defense, allowing 9.82 points.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

What to watch for …

FSU's Greg Reid leads I-A in punt returns (18.42-yard average). He took one 68 yards for a TD vs. Wake Forest and had a 48-yard return vs. Maryland. He has practically dared the Gators to kick his way. UF has punted only 28 times (No. 1 in I-A) and has given up only 13 yards (No. 2).

No. 1 Florida vs. Florida State, 3:30, Ch. 10, 620-AM, 1040-AM

College football scouting report: No. 1 Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles 11/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2009 11:19pm]
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