Editor’s note: While we have no idea when college football will start, we are bringing you a look at each of the 12 opponents Florida has scheduled to play.
Today: Florida State.
When: Nov. 28, TBD.
Where: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Last year: It started with a terrible loss to Boise State and went downhill from there for the Seminoles. They did make a bowl game, but lost that one to Arizona State after losing the regular season finale. Discipline was a huge problem under now-fired Willie Taggart, as FSU finished 127th out of 130 teams in penalties. The bowl loss gave the Seminoles a second straight losing season.
Outlook for 2020: New coach Mike Norvell is like a lot of coaches new to the job in that he takes over a mess and didn’t get much of a spring (three practices) to start fixing the problems. He still has problems at quarterback and on the offensive line, but has helped his roster with transfers and convincing some studs to return. It’s not an easy schedule with games at Boise State and Miami plus home games against Clemson and Florida.
Best offensive player: Tamorrion Terry is a big-time receiver who has averaged 20.3 yards per catch the last two seasons and has 1,932 receiving yards in those two seasons. He simply needs to understand how to go hard and run precise routes on every play.
Best defensive player: It was a bit of a surprise to see defensive tackle Marvin Wilson come back after missing the last part of the season with an injury. He is a disruptive force who had five sacks a year ago.
Fun fact: Doug Dickey is not the most revered coach in UF history but he has the most wins against FSU with seven, including one when Florida was 0-5 and FSU was 5-0 in 1971.
Quote: “The pandemic certainly hurts FSU more than most teams because of missed spring practices and makes it difficult to predict what they are. Just going to a bowl game should be the goal and, to be honest, eight or nine wins is probably too optimistic.” — Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times.