No. 11 Florida is off to a terrific start in Saturday night’s edition of its annual rivalry game with Florida State, rolling into halftime in total control up 30-7 against the Seminoles.
The Gators offense was cruising from the opening kickoff, scoring touchdowns on each of its first three possessions and out-gaining the Noles 230-12 after the two opening series. Kyle Trask has completed 17 of 27 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns, and it seems like everybody has been able to benefit on the receivers’ end. Freddie Swain leads the team with five catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns, but Kyle Pitts (four catches, 31 yards), Van Jefferson (three catches, 42 yards and a touchdown) and Josh Hammond (three catches, 39 yards) have all had a big impact, winning battles against Florida State defenders in what’s becoming a lopsided chapter in the rivalry history.
Florida State has used not only James Blackman under center but third-string quarterback Jordan Travis as well to try and generate some offense. As it stands, the Gators have not only overwhelmed the Seminoles offensively but turned up the heat on defense with a couple of sacks and a handful of key stops on third down. But nothing will start clicking until this team cleans up its performance, as miscues and mental errors have continued to plague this Florida State team and have kept the Seminoles from making this game competitive.