November 27, 2014

Florida Gators

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  Will Muschamp will coach his final game at Florida on Saturday, and his players can send him out with a bang at rival Florida State.

The Gators (6-4, 4-4 SEC) will be looking to snap FSU's 27-game winning streak. Florida was the last team to beat FSU, knocking off the Seminoles 37-26 on Nov. 24, 2012 in Tallahassee, Fla. That was the high-water mark of the Muschamp era.

"You see a very well-coached, good football team in all three phases that have talented players," Muschamp said of FSU. "They've won a bunch of games, they know how to win and that's a talent too, so, again, I see a very talented football team on tape."

Florida showed it could rise to the occasion earlier this season against a rival. As an 11-point underdog, the Gators knocked off Georgia 38-20 on Nov. 1 in Jacksonville, their first and only win against Georgia in the Muschamp era.

Players are approaching the FSU matchup with similar optimism. The Gators enter the game as a 10-point underdog.

"I always like our chances, anytime we line up against anybody," Florida senior linebacker Michael Taylor said. "I like our chances that we will win. I like the way we prepare for other teams. Our preparation and our reps will get us ready for next week."

To do that, the Gators will need to contain talented quarterback Jameis Winston. Behind Winston, FSU leads the ACC in passing offense, averaging 314.9 yards per game.

"He can throw it really any way you want it," Muschamp said. "He's just got a great, strong arm. He's able to throw the touch throws, take the ball to the right spots. He's got a great pocket presence. He's a very hard guy to tackle in the pocket.