Florida football has been bit by the injury bug at the worst possible time — Florida State week. Gator head coach Jim McElwain announced on Monday afternoon that there were a whopping 11 players on the injury report this week, with the majority of them being listed as questionable or out indefinitely. Not to mention virtually all of Florida’s front seven defensively is banged up.
But when Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was made aware of the slew of injuries Florida is undergoing this week, he responded and said at the end of the day for this matchup, it doesn’t really matter who’s playing or not.
Florida State, ranked 14th by the College Football Playoff committee will be looking to spoil No. 8 Florida’s season. The Gators, after facing the ‘Noles, will travel to Atlanta to play for an SEC Championship against likely Alabama, unless the Tide somehow loses to Auburn this weekend. If Florida loses against FSU but beats Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, they will likely be snubbed from the College Football Playoff. Fisher says that regardless of what these two teams are playing for, there is never a shortage of motivation in this rivalry.
Saturday’s game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and air on ESPN.