Hide yourself! Here’s a recap of this weekend on the gridiron, featuring three key takeaways from the state’s football scene — and a look at what’s to come next week.
Gators and Seminoles meet in the annual rivalry showdown
Florida and Florida State certainly couldn’t be going in more opposite directions heading into Friday night’s annual rivalry game, which will be held in Tallahassee for the first time since 2018.
The Seminoles begin a four-game winning streak after a lopsided win over Louisiana and move up to 16th in the AP rankings after improving to 8-3.
Meanwhile, the Gators thought they had some momentum after back-to-back wins, but that was halted significantly by a 31-24 loss to a poor Vanderbilt team that dropped Florida to 6-5.
Florida has won three straight games in the rivalry, but the Seminoles seem to have a lot more to play for.
Not only does the state of Florida want the rights back, but the Seminoles are still in the running for a New Year’s Six Bowl game if they can win and get some help.
Knights stumble badly at home
So much for our statement last week that it was looking good that Central Florida would host the American Athletic Conference championship game.
There’s now a slim chance the Knights won’t even get there after a stunning 17-14 home loss to a Navy team that went down 3-7.
The chances are still good. Central Florida will reach the championship game as the two teams a game ahead of the Knights in league standings, Cincinnati and Tulane, go head-to-head this weekend.
The Knights own the tiebreaker over both based on head-to-head victories, so essentially Central Florida only needs to win 1-10 at South Florida in the Battle of I-4 to get into the championship against the Cincinnati-Tulane winners.
But you never know in a rivalry game, and after a horrific loss at home, it’s certain the Knights now need to win a conference title on the road rather than at FBC Mortgage Stadium.
Lake Mary pays off against Seminole
Arguably the biggest upset of the state soccer playoffs came on Saturday when Lake Mary earned a 12-8 win over Sanford Seminole.
When the teams last met on October 28, Seminole earned a 43-6 win and hadn’t lost to Lake Mary since 2015.
But none of that mattered to Lake Mary, who scored a 12-8 excitement to end seven years of frustration for Seminole.
Lake Mary faced Apopka in a regional final this week.
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