Florida coach Dan Mullen talked earlier in the week about how his offensive players have started executing better because they’ve grown more comfortable in the system.
He said he sees something similar happening in Tallahassee with the Seminoles in new coach Willie Taggart’s offense.
“A lot like what we do, they’re very different than what they’ve done in the past,” Mullen said. “It’s the guys adapting to the new offense. I’ve watched them and they have explosive playmakers. One of the things that always worries you is they’re a team that they’ve made mistakes, but as they get more and more comfortable in the offense the more and more efficient they are.
“They’ve got playmakers and they need to make plays. The game last week against Boston College, which was a ranked team, when they needed to make plays they just scored at will. I think they’re getting more comfortable in what the offensive system is and what they’re trying to do.”
Mullen said he doesn’t think the winner of the Florida-Florida State rivalry necessarily gains an edge in recruiting.
“Through the years, I haven’t noticed it really have a whole lot of effect,” he said. “We’ll see. It might be different here than it was in the state of Mississippi for me when I was there. I guess we’ll find out where that sways people.
“Programs are different. I imagine they run their program very differently than we run our program. It’s in a different location and very different academics. I think where people look at it, they want to go to that school with that academic reputation, major in this major and be a part of the program and how this coach runs the program. And that fits their personality.
“And so I think that has a lot more to do with it in recruiting than who wins the rivalry game.”
Winning the game might not have an impact on recruiting, but it does on the offseason.
“Well, obviously it helps a lot because you want to finish on a high note to the season,” Mullen said. “Winning this game would be big for the guys that are on the team. Hopefully, we start a streak going in the other direction.
“Going into the offseason, you want to finish on a really high note because it creates a lot of excitement and energy for the next season.”