The Gators started the year with lofty expectations, ones that surged after an impressive performance vs. Alabama, but have faltered over the course of the season, culminating in a 24-23 overtime loss to Missouri on Saturday that led to the firing of head coach Dan Mullen on Sunday.
From Alligator Army:
Florida is now 5-6 in 2021, and needs to beat ascending rival FSU — also 5-6, but 5-2 in its last seven games — to make a bowl.
Over Florida’s last 14, the Gators are just 5-9 — collecting zero road wins over SEC opponents, taking losses to Kentucky, South Carolina, and Missouri, and producing very little evidence to support the idea that Mullen is the right coach to rescue this craft from its tailspin.
The last meeting between the two schools came in 2019, where the interim head coach Odell Haggins-led Seminoles faltered in a 40-17 loss.
According to DraftKings, the Gators are one-point favorites, with an over/under of 58.5 points.
The kickoff between the two schools is set for 12 p.m. and scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN.