It has been 55 years since the Seminoles have played the University of Mississippi. The Florida State football program was in its 14th year of existence and the Rebels were more than ready. A 33-0 loss of the Seminole nation has been a blemish on their history since that day. Until now.
The two powerhouses have seen a lot of recent success. Both took down their biggest division rival in Alabama and Clemson. Both have made back-to-back bowl New Year’s Six bowl appearances in 2014 and 2015. Both Programs have been top 10 in recruiting as well.
Ole Miss returns Chad Kelly, the best quarterback in the South Eastern Conference. Kelly is the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and is a stand out performer on the field. He led the SEC in 2015 with 4,042 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. Kelly is left with a total of seven starters on both offense and defense to take on the SEC West.
Florida State has the luxury of returning every starter from their 2015 offensive unit. They do start redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois due to an injured Sean Maguire. His progression will be greatly aided by Heisman candidate running back Dalvin Cook. Cook is coming off of the best single season of a Florida State running back with 1,649 yards and 19 touchdowns.
With the Seminoles as a favorite to make the College Football Playoff, can Fisher and company continue their regular season dominance? Or can Chad Kelly overcome the overwhelming odds and lack of experience personnel to come away with the W?
How to watch, stream, and listen
TV: 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Radio: ESPN Radio
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Florida State opens at a 6-point favorite
Making Friends: The Seminole Club of Greater Orlando is having a watch party at Harry Buffalo on Church Street in the city of Orlando.