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    Mullen keeps reigning in Sunshine State games
    By Edgar Thompson Sentinel
    GAINESVILLE — The Gators’ recent struggles against Florida State finally took a turn during last season’s 41-14 win in Tallahassee.
    The difference: Dan Mullen.

    Mullen, now in his second as UF’s head coach, has never lost to the Seminoles. Entering Saturday night’s visit from FSU, Mullen is 5-0 against the Gators’ in-state rival, including a 4-0 mark while serving as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator from 2005-08.
    The average score in those fives wins is 37-13.
    Mullen, a native of New Hampshire, realizes the importance of those Ws to the Gators and their fans, especially given UF’s track record this decade against the Seminoles. Since 2010, FSU is 7-2 in the series.

    “When you have an in-state rivalry game that you win, I think they are a little bit different than other rivalry games,” Mullen said. “Not just for us or the team. But the fans. And for everybody because this is a neighbor-to-neighbor, not a state-to-state rivalry.”

    Mullen’s sterling record against in-state competition also includes a 3-0 mark against Miami, including a 24-20 season-opening victory Aug. 24, and wins over UCF and FAU.
    Mullen did recall Monday, though, losing 29-7 at USF in 2002 when he was Meyer’s quarterbacks coach at Bowling Green. Led by record-setting quarterback Marquel Blackwell, the Bulls finished 9-2 that season.
    “That was a good team,” Mullen said.
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    Haggins big on Gators rivalry

    Seminoles coach has experienced it from many angles
    By Luis Torres Orlando Sentinel Correspondent

    Florida State interim coach Odell Haggins grew up around the Seminoles intense rivalry with the Florida Gators.

    He played in the series from 1985-1989 under coach Bobby Bowden and he has been an assistant coach with the Seminoles during the past 26 years.
    Haggins spoke about the memorable 1987 FSU versus UF game in Gainesville during a news conference on Monday. He recalled the Gators jumping out to a 14-3 lead early on before the Seminoles scored 24 unanswered points, earning a 28-14 win.
    The intensity of that game and trying to stop future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith still sticks with Haggins.

    But one of his favorite memories in the series happened before the games began.
    “Back in the day, I used to love seeing Coach Bowden and the Old Ball Coach [Steve Spurrier] go shake hands at midfield,” Haggins said. “In this game, Florida-Florida State, it’s a great rivalry throughout the nation because you have kids on both teams that played against each other in high school and played with each other. So they’re going out there to play great football to show who’s the best. It’s just a great rivalry.”

    The Seminoles (6-5) travel to Gainesville to face the No. 11 Gators (9-2) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on the SEC Network. FSU has won the past four meetings in Gainesville, but the Seminoles are 17-point underdogs heading into Saturday’s contest.
    It is the first time FSU will be a double-digit underdog under Haggins, who is 4-0 during two different stints as an interim coach leading the Seminoles.
    Akers expected to play
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    Seminoles showing interest in Franklin

    By Luis Torres Orlando Sentinel Correspondent
    FSU reportedly has been in contact with Penn State coach James Franklin and there is “mutual interest between the two parties” as the Seminoles continue their coaching search.

    247Sports.com’s Brendan Sonnone reported the communication between the Seminoles and Franklin, who is considered one of the top FSU targets — along with Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, Memphis coach Mike Norvell and Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck — to replace Willie Taggart, who was fired on Nov. 3.
    Franklin is also expected to be in the running for the Southern California job if the Trojans fire coach Clay Helton.

    Franklin is an established coach with a history of winning at both Penn State and his previous stop at Vanderbilt. The Nittany Lions are 9-2 this season and peaked as high as No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings this season.

    FSU athletics director David Coburn said he would ideally like to have a coach in place by the end of the season and before the early signing period on Dec. 18, during which potential recruits can sign their letters of intent.
    Several candidates have already taken their names out of the running to become FSU’s next head coach.
    Kentucky coach Mark Stoops reiterated Monday he is not vying for the Seminoles job, knocking down a report he interviewed for the position.
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    Inside FSU: Seminoles embrace road challenge
    Curt Weiler, Tallahassee Democrat
    TALLAHASSEE – It’s not often football teams get bye weeks this late in the season.
    This season is an exception, however as the early start time in the calendar afforded every team a second in-season bye week.
    Florida State’s second bye came at an ideal moment as it gave the team an extra week to prepare for its second Top-10 opponent of the season.

    FSU (6-5, 4-4 in ACC) travels to Gainesville to take on rival No. 8 Florida (9-2, 6-2 in SEC) 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
    While FSU has an extra week to prepare, so did the Gators. And UF has far more to play for. While an FSU win would have a minimal impact on its postseason fate, a win for the Gators would likely land them a second New Years’ Six bowl berth in as many seasons under head coach Dan Mullen.
    The challenge ahead of the Seminoles is one they’re embracing.
    “They are really talented,” FSU defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett said.

    “Our guys will be ready to play. They’ll show up and look forward to the challenge.”
    Inside FSU: Seminoles embrace road challenge - GatorSports.com
     
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    Notebook: FSU’s skill players have UF’s attention

    By Gvl Sun Robbie Andreu
    Florida State has some explosive playmakers on offense, led by wide receiver Tamorrion Terry and running back Cam Akers, and they have the full attention of Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

    “They’re really talented,” Grantham said. “They’ve got a couple runners who are good players, you give them a seam they can create double-digit runs. They’ve got skill outside and can win the 50-50 balls in the one-on-one matchups. I think their quarterback is a good player. I know they’ve played a few guys there, but No. 1 (James Blackman) is a guy that’s impressed me with his play. We’re going to have to play.”


    Grantham said he’s going to keep hammering home to his players the fact that the Seminoles are very capable, very dangerous, on offense.

    “For example, when we went to Missouri we emphasized the weather, the time of day we were playing, the environment,” he said. “It wasn’t going to be like playing at LSU, but it still matters, you know what I’m saying? So you had to emphasize all of that when we went there.
    “Here you have to emphasize the quality of players that they have, the explosive ability that they have and this is a big game for them, as well as us. We still have a lot riding on the game. It’s going to affect the kind of bowl we can go to, and it’s our seniors last chance to play in this stadium. It’s really the last time this team is going to play in that stadium and we want to make sure we end on a high mark.”
    Notebook: FSU's skill players have UF's attention - GatorSports.com

     
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    One-dimensional Gators keep making it work
    By Gvl Sun Robbie Andreu
    In football, concerning offense, the conventional wisdom is that if you don’t have balance, if you can’t both run and throw and are rendered one-dimensional, your chances of sustainable success are slim to none.
    And, yet, here the Florida Gators are, defying that wisdom. They don’t have a running game. They’re one-dimensional, basically pass only. But they’ve been flying up and down the field, averaging more than 30 points and 400 yards a game, and Florida is ranked No. 8 in the nation and seeking its 10th win of the season Saturday against arch-rival Florida State.


    It doesn’t make sense. But coach Dan Mullen and his offensive staff have been finding ways to make a one-dimensional offense work.

    “It’s pretty amazing,” said former UF All-SEC wide receiver and current Gator radio color analyst Lee McGriff.

    Mullen doesn’t seem quite as impressed, downplaying the fact that the Gators are getting by so well without a running game.
    “We have a whole list of every play that’s been in all the game plans this year and if I just called plays that we had in game plans, but hadn’t run, we could probably get through two to three games with just those plays. It’s pretty easy.”
    But what about balance? Coaches in the SEC say you have to run the ball and be balanced to win in this league?
    One-dimensional Gators keep making it work - GatorSports.com

    Dooley Noted: Rivalry week is here

    Pat Dooley, the Gainesville Sun sports columnist, talks in this episode of the Dooley Noted podcast about the weekend of college football and how he didn’t leave the couch for hours, the upcoming rivalry week in college football, FSU hires, The Swamp level, and, of course, Three Things. Pat interviews Chris Harry, the senior writer at FloridaGators.com, about Gators basketball and other topics.


    Breakdown:
    2:00 Pat spent the weekend in the recliner watching football
    3:40 What were the games this weekend?
    4:00 What is with refs not being able to spot the ball
    5:30 Oklahoma TCU game
    9:10 The difference between UF FSU week vs. other weeks
    11:15 Can the Swamp be at the same level as Auburn
    13:35 Its a huge game for a lot of reasons
    17:20 The FSU streak, 10 years
    21:05 Is the Gators defense clutch?
    22:30 The CFP rankings
    27:45 Interview with Chris Harry, senior writer for FloridaGators.com
    42:30 The greatest week of the year is Rivalry Week
    43:30 Will FSU name a new coach soon
    51:04 Three Things
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    Guess some of the more faint of heart around here can take solace that the staff and players actually are paying attention. Unless it's just a ruse....
     
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    no excuse for losing to this year's train wreck from tally.
     
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    The Gators will prevail. That is a good thing.
     
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    This game makes me nervous.
     
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    Haggins is only around 53 years old?
     
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    Gators Seek To Take Control of Rivalry
    Scott Carter / Senior Writer UAA
    The Gators host Florida State on Saturday night with an opportunity to strengthen their grip on the rivalry following last year's win in Tallahassee.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The two largest crowds in the history of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium turned out for the annual Florida-Florida State game. Adding to the spectacle of the storied rivalry, those gatherings are the largest for any college or professional game in the state's history considering "The Swamp" is Florida's biggest venue.

    What transpired on those two nights is indicative of the lopsided tilts in the rivalry's recent history.

    When 90,907 souls showed up for the 2009 matchup, Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, playing his final home game, headlined a celebratory 37-10 victory over the Seminoles that felt more like an event than a football game. Flash bulbs lit up the stands on Florida's final drive with Tebow steering the offense one last time. It also turned out to be the final UF-FSU game for legendary Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden, who was replaced by Jimbo Fisher at the end of the season. The victory was Florida's sixth consecutive over FSU and school-record 22nd consecutive overall.
    "I remember Florida was a dominant program at the time,'' said Gators senior receiver Josh Hammond, who was in middle school and attended the game.

    By the 2015 game, FSU was the program in control. In the first Gators-Seminoles clash with Jim McElwain as Florida's head coach, a stadium-record crowd of 90,916 was on hand as 10-1 Florida sought to catapult into the SEC Championship Game with a statement win. The Seminoles, two seasons removed from winning a national championship, spoiled that notion with a 27-2 trouncing that was disheartening for Gators fans anticipating a turn in the rivalry.
    Gators Seek To Take Control of Rivalry - Florida Gators
     
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    Gators Seniors to be Recognized Saturday
    Zach Dirlam UAA

    Florida's seniors have been part of a 2016 SEC Eastern Division title and won the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Twenty-two Florida football players will take part in Senior Day festivities prior to Saturday's home finale against Florida State.

    Fans are encouraged to arrive and enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium early Saturday night, as Senior Day ceremonies are set to begin at 7:15 p.m.
    Florida's seniors won the 2016 SEC Eastern Division title, dominated the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to help the Gators to their highest national finish since 2009, and compiled a 32-16 (.667) record over the past four seasons – including a 20-12 (.625) mark in SEC play.

    This senior class will also be remembered for its leadership throughout the transition to second-year head coach Dan Mullen's program and the reestablishment of the Gator Standard.

    "These guys have faced lots of different adversity throughout their career … different head coaches, some ups and downs," Mullen said earlier this week. "We were going to do things a little bit different within our program compared to how they had been done, and the guys bought into it. That's a big thing for me. I told them right from the beginning that we'll be successful at some point. The sooner everybody buys in, the sooner we'll be successful, and those guys bought in and we've had some success."
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    Perine has become Gators’ complete back
    By Robbie Andreu gvl sun
    Based on his rushing total alone, the assumption could be made that Florida running back Lamical Perine is having a disappointing season and perhaps made a mistake returning for his senior season rather than entering the NFL draft last spring.

    But viewing it from the big picture, which UF coach Dan Mullen does with his standout running back, Perine has had a productive season and actually has improved his draft standing this fall.
    “What gets lost in the year he’s having is how he’s catching the ball and the matchups and the problems he causes coming out of the backfield,” Mullen said. “We run a pro-style offense. He’s understood that, ‘Hey, I’m running the offense that’s going to be really similar to what I might be doing next year in the NFL. Catching balls and I’ll get some carries here and there, got to take advantage of my carries.’

    “To be an all-purpose back you’ve got to be able to do everything. Got to be able to catch, protect, run, do it all. And he’s done that. You see now you get the opportunity to go single him up and run receiver routes and catch the ball coming out of the backfield and catching the ball in the slot.”

    One of the main reasons Perine decided to return for his senior season was to continue working on becoming a complete back, something he’s always taken pride in. All indications are that he has become one. The rushing numbers may not be there (just 520 yards and four touchdowns on 115 carries), but everything else has — his pass protection, which has been outstanding, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s become a go-to guy in the passing game, catching 32 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns.
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    Notebook: Fired-up Gators out to finish home schedule undefeated
    By gvl sun Robbie Andreu
    It’s been a difficult season for Florida State, but the Seminoles are getting no sympathy from the Gators, who went through a coaching change of their own two years ago.


    Senior defensive end/outside linebacker Jon Greenard said the talk among the players in the locker room this week has been they’re going to take it to the underdog Seminoles.


    “We’ve got to beat the heck out these boys,” Greenard said. “That’s our whole mindset. It’s nothing else as far as worrying about bowl game or after the game, getting rest. Our mindset is to beat the heck out of them. They’re going to think the same thing. I hope they think the same thing. But that’s how we’re coming.

    “If they win this game, it doesn’t matter what they’ve done all year. They’re just going to basically take a W for the season. We’re going to go out there with the same mentality. We’re going to continue to impose our will and make sure they feel us.”


    Lots of FSU no-shows

    Florida State fans are going to be more outnumbered than usual in The Swamp on Saturday.

    Of the 6,000 tickets allotted to FSU, the school has returned more than half, 3,200, to UF. Those tickets have been available through UF, which means Gator fans probably scooping them up.

    Notebook: Fired-up Gators out to finish home schedule undefeated - GatorSports.com
     
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    Dooley: This UF senior class helped Mullen turn program around
    By Gvl Sun Pat Dooley
    There is no Heisman Trophy winner worthy of another statue and it’s debatable whether any of the seniors who walk Saturday will get an All-American paver in front of the Heavener Complex at the corner of Legend and Loved.

    Some will leave with championships — one SEC East for the true seniors, two for the redshirt seniors — but not the ones they came here to win.
    And yet (as the coach who recruited most of them liked to say), the young men who are honored before Saturday night’s Florida-FSU game deserve the kinds of roars that have been delivered to the greats who have come before them.
    “I just hope that we’re remembered for, I guess, the leading class that kind of helped turn this program around,” said senior Josh Hammond.
    That will depend on what the program under coach Dan Mullen becomes in the future, but there is no doubt these seniors put the program on the right track.
    And they did it when it was most difficult. Florida football had become a scandal-ridden mess in the final year of Jim McElwain. We know it was easy to quit and go somewhere else because so many of the players they were recruited with did just that.
    But these guys stuck together when it was easy to bail. That’s the measuring stick for a senior class — does it leave with the program in better shape than it was when it showed up?
    There shouldn’t be any question about this one.
    “We’ve done our part and, hopefully, it rubbed off on the younger guys to keep the tradition going,” said defensive end Jon Greenard.
    Greenard, of course, transferred in from Louisville and has only spent one season here. But the emotions will still be palpable, leaking from eyes and taking the form of chill bumps in the cool night.
    For all of them.

    Dooley: This UF senior class helped Mullen turn program around - GatorSports.com
     
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    Seniors eyeing emotional finale
    By Edgar Thompson Sentinel
    GAINESVILLE — Josh Hammond’s first Senior Day in the Swamp was a lifetime memory for a 15-year-old.
    Standing on the field as big brother Frankie was honored in 2012, Hammond did not expect he’d in a similar spot all these years later.

    When Florida State visits the No. 11 Gators Saturday night, it will be the younger Hammond’s turn.
    “Now we’ll get to flip-flop,” he said. “It’ll be a pretty cool experience. I was a fan back then, so I wouldn’t have imagined doing it eight years ago when it happened, six years ago when it happened. So it’s definitely a different feeling.”

    The range of emotions are familiar to Nida Hammond, who recently became sentimental as she pondered her younger son’s final home game.
    “I remember my brother’s Senior Day,” Josh Hammond said. “My mom sent me a picture, like, last week and was like, ‘This is going to be you in a week.’”

    Knowing what a second Senior Day will mean to his mother, Hammond plans to shave off the beard he’s sported during his time with the Gators.
    “She’ll appreciate it,” the 21-year-old said. “She hates, like, my facial hair.”

    Hammond has always been willing to sacrifice, be it for Team Hammond or the Gators. He and the team’s other dozen UF scholarship seniors will be remembered as a group whose team-first mentality was critical to the program’s quick turnaround under coach Dan Mullen.
    “Unselfish kids, every one of them,” offensive line coach John Hevesy said. “I mean, every one of them has done exactly what we’ve asked. You don’t hear them complaining, you don’t hear them moaning, and they’ve all worked to get themselves to this point in their senior season.
    “Have to finish it off the right way this weekend.”

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    Gators defense embracing Grantham’s message: Stop Akers to stop FSU
    Graham Hall Gvl Sun
    As a collective, Florida State’s offense doesn’t match-up favorably with Florida’s No. 12-ranked defense.
    Seminoles running back Cam Akers, however, has the full attention of the Gators.
    Ranked the No. 59 all-time prospect by 247Sports, Akers hasn’t let FSU’s futility hinder his production.
    In addition to having already eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, Akers has 17 touchdowns, matching his combined touchdown total as an underclassman.

    The junior was singled out by UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham at the top of the week as UF reconvened to prepare for the team’s final home contest, and Florida’s defensive personnel seemed to receive the message loud and clear as practice commenced.

    “Cam Akers is an unbelievable back,” senior linebacker David Reese said. “That’s a guy we’re going to have to stop, stop the run with, make them beat us passing.”

    While it hasn’t come against defenses of Florida’s caliber, the ’Noles have had some success in the passing game with quarterbacks James Blackman and former transfer Alex Hornibrook. FSU’s passing offense ranks No. 30 in the nation at 277.5 yards per game, and pass-catching options such as Tamorrion Terry (892 receiving yards) and D.J. Matthews (33 receptions) could present challenges for UF’s secondary.

    Still, the message is clear: stop Akers to make FSU’s offense one-dimensional.
    “Cam, that’s a ballplayer. I have nothing bad to say about him or the running backs they got over there. They’ve got some really good players over there despite the season they’re having. The internal stuff, they can’t control that,” Gators defensive end Jon Greenard said. “But I just know they’ve got some good ballplayers over there and they’re going to come out with everything, all their punches, just like we will, too. Expect a dogfight.”
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    Gators defense embracing Grantham’s message: Stop Akers to stop FSU
    Graham Hall Gvl Sun
    As a collective, Florida State’s offense doesn’t match-up favorably with Florida’s No. 12-ranked defense.
    Seminoles running back Cam Akers, however, has the full attention of the Gators.
    Ranked the No. 59 all-time prospect by 247Sports, Akers hasn’t let FSU’s futility hinder his production.
    In addition to having already eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, Akers has 17 touchdowns, matching his combined touchdown total as an underclassman.

    The junior was singled out by UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham at the top of the week as UF reconvened to prepare for the team’s final home contest, and Florida’s defensive personnel seemed to receive the message loud and clear as practice commenced.

    “Cam Akers is an unbelievable back,” senior linebacker David Reese said. “That’s a guy we’re going to have to stop, stop the run with, make them beat us passing.”

    While it hasn’t come against defenses of Florida’s caliber, the ’Noles have had some success in the passing game with quarterbacks James Blackman and former transfer Alex Hornibrook. FSU’s passing offense ranks No. 30 in the nation at 277.5 yards per game, and pass-catching options such as Tamorrion Terry (892 receiving yards) and D.J. Matthews (33 receptions) could present challenges for UF’s secondary.

    Still, the message is clear: stop Akers to make FSU’s offense one-dimensional.
    “Cam, that’s a ballplayer. I have nothing bad to say about him or the running backs they got over there. They’ve got some really good players over there despite the season they’re having. The internal stuff, they can’t control that,” Gators defensive end Jon Greenard said. “But I just know they’ve got some good ballplayers over there and they’re going to come out with everything, all their punches, just like we will, too. Expect a dogfight.”
    Gators defense embracing Grantham's message: Stop Akers to stop FSU