Here are five things to watch for when Florida and Florida State square off today at noon.
1.) How Does Jameis Handle the Boo-Birds?
Jameis Winston is going to get booed badly today. It's Florida, the fans already hate Florida State and there are some ugly allegations currently hanging over Winston's head. That should equate to one very noisy, very hostile reception for the redshirt freshman.
"He understands the circumstances on the road when you become ‘the guy’ – and one of the faces of the organization. People are always going to get on you, and that’s part of it," said Jimbo Fisher this week.
While it may be foolish to expect Winston to be majorly affected by it -- he's been fairly unflappable all year -- it will be a first for the young QB.
2.) Winston Rising
With one touchdown pass Jameis Winston will tie Chris Weinke for the most all-time in a single season. With two he will take sole possession of the mark. Winston is currently tied with Danny Kanell for second.
Weinke threw his 33 in just 11 games, it will have taken Winston 12 if he gets the record. But keep in mind Winston hasn't played into the fourth quarter of most of his games, meaning he's done it in fewer attempts. Also worth noting is that Weinke did play a 12th game -- one in which he did not throw a TD pass -- so if Winston gets the mark today, hold your horses on an asterisk.
3.) Karlos Kometh
Just a hunch, but I think Karlos Williams goes off today against Florida. James Wilder and Devonta Freeman are both solid backs, but Karlos Williams has a combination of speed and power that is absolutely punishing to an opposing defense. If FSU needs to really impose its will on the Gators -- especially given how physical their defensive front can be -- don't be surprised when it's Williams that gets the nod.
4.) The Quest for 1,000
Kenny Shaw, Rashad Greene and Devonta Freeman all have an outside shot at 1,000 yards today. Greene needs just 111 yards to reach the 1,000 yard receiving plateau, Kenny Shaw is 172 yards away. Meanwhile, FSU hasn't had a 1,000 yard back since Warrick Dunn and that might continue another year. Devonta Freeman needs 192 yards to reach that mark -- unless he goes big today it looks like it will be another year with out a 1,000 yard rusher.
5.) Just Stay Healthy
Florida State is going to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game regardless of today's outcome. The question is how healthy the Seminoles will be. If FSU gets up early, how quickly does Jimbo Fisher pull his starters? Beating Florida but losing a key player or two would be disastrous to Florida State. Sure, there's depth on the Seminole roster but as Jimbo Fisher puts it, these final weeks are the championship rounds. The Seminoles need to make it out of Gainesville healthy. As soon as Fisher senses the win is in hand, look for the starters to head to the bench.
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