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Florida's 48 for 2014, No. 34: 34-22-2

Florida's been on the wrong end of the stick of late in its rivalry with Florida State. But the Gators have always held the upper hand in the rivalry.

Mike Ehrmann

Florida's all-time record against Florida State in football is 34-22-2.

I'm not going to pretend that I knew that before this offseason — it's a statistic of convenience used by Gators to remind FSU fans that their stretch of success in the rivalry and in the state has been relatively brief. I'm not going to pretend I care all that much about it, considering that we don't live in one of the 34 years after a Florida win since the beginning of the rivalry. I'm not even going to pretend the FSU fan complaints about the statistic — Florida, the team they often lampoon as having been the Sunshine State's "sleeping giant," beat up on the Seminoles in the years before Bobby Bowden — don't have weight, because they do, minimal though it is.

But I'm also not going to tell you that a 34-22-2 record in an annual rivalry is anything other than a clear and decided advantage for Florida. Florida and Florida State have played 58 times, and Florida has won nearly 60 percent of those games; Florida State has won under 40 percent of them, and would need to win two more in a row just to have won 40 percent of its games against the Gators.

Florida has always had a winning record against Florida State. Florida State has never had a winning record against Florida.

There's no sound argument in support of the notion that Florida was better than Florida State at football last year. We know that.

There's also no sound argument in support of the notion that Florida State's been better than Florida in their seasonal rivalry over its seven-decade history.

We should know that, too.