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MICK ELLIOTT The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2013 at 06:30 PM

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NO. 2 FLORIDA (10-1) AT NO. 23 FLORIDA STATE (8-3)

AT STAKE

Florida's hope for a shot at the BCS national championship game is the biggest prize of the day. A win by Florida sends the Gators to the SEC Championship Game next week with a rock-solid chance. A win by Florida State sends the Seminoles into hysterics as they celebrate spoiling a UF dream season.

FLORIDA - The Gators' special teams are the wild card. Florida has blocked five punts and a total of seven kicks this year. Only four of UF's 11 opponents have started a drive in Florida territory. Meanwhile, kick returner Brandon James has returned two punts for touchdowns.

FSU - The Maryland-Boston College game that will be taking place at the same time the Seminoles are playing Florida. If Maryland wins, FSU clinches the ACC Atlantic Division and advances to the conference championship game next week at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium with a chance for a BCS bowl game.

INJURY REPORT

FLORIDA - DT Lawrence Marsh (sprained knee) questionable; LB A.J. Jones (sprained knee) probable; DT Matt Patchan (sprained knee) out.

FSU - Safety Darius McClure (knee) questionable.

PREDICTION

Florida 33,

Florida State 20

KEY STAT

Three. That's where Florida's defense ranks nationally in points allowed (12 ppg). The Gators are ninth in total defense (278.7 ypg) thanks to top-20 standing in both rush and pass defense. They have 20 interceptions, tied for second in the FBS.

KEY MATCHUPS

FLORIDA - UF has become so accustomed to quick and sizable leads that the longer FSU keeps the Gators collared, the more pressure they will feel.

FSU - Florida State's strength is its defense, which will come in handy against UF's points-happy offense. That important matchup, however, will be magnified early. As has been much discussed, the Gators have outscored opponents 146-7 in the first quarter this year - 122-0 in their past six games.

NO. 2 FLORIDA (10-1) AT NO. 23 FLORIDA STATE (8-3)

PREDICTION

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