Can you believe that today is the last regular season game for the Gators? The year went by so fast. For many seniors, and some juniors, it will be their last game as Gators in The Swamp. This has been a hell of a season, regardless of what happens next week or today. Florida football grows up and leaves for Atlanta before you know it.
This is a weekend of rivalries of course, so feast your eyes on some of the other notable ones around the college football landscape today. Come nightfall, our eyes will be on Florida taking the field against Florida State for this season's final home game, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Here are our picks for today's viewing windows:
Early (12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern)
Ohio State at Michigan (12:00 p.m., ABC): "The Game" is always a big one, but would have been more so had Ohio State stayed undefeated. Now it features two teams presently in the runner-up spots in the Big Ten East. Both teams lost to Michigan State (although Michigan State never led before time expired in either game) and as such need the Spartans to lose to Penn State later in the afternoon in order for the winner of this game to be the East's representative in the Big Ten Championship Game. Can the Buckeyes bounce back, after their playoff hopes were all but dashed last week, or will Michigan notch a big rivalry win in Jim Harbaugh's first year?
Clemson at South Carolina (12:00 p.m., ESPN): This one should be ugly; for the Gamecocks, anyway. While rivalries often mean that anything can happen, the undefeated #1 Tigers should be able to easily cruise to a win over 3-8 South Carolina. A win by the Gamecocks would be an unbelievable upset and drastically change the playoff picture.
Georgia at Georgia Tech (12:00 p.m., ESPN2): The Bulldogs had all they could handle from a triple option team last weekend. Georgia went to overtime against Georgia Southern before pulling out the win. To be fair though, the Eagles are probably a better team than the Yellow Jackets right now. Maybe Georgia Tech manages to get up for a big opponent at home. We know what happened the last time they did so this season. They do call this one "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate" after all.
Afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern)
Alabama at Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS): The Iron Bowl is, of course, another rivalry game, and another where "anything could happen" but it probably won't. Alabama is firing on all cylinders, has playoff aspirations, and is looking to clinch another trip to the SEC Championship Game today with a win over the Tigers. Auburn has had a very disappointing season and while some improvements have occurred over the course of it, the Tigers would be pulling off quite the upset if they were to take down the Crimson Tide. Auburn might also be handing the SEC West crown to Ole Miss if they did, provided that the Rebels were able to beat Mississippi State later this evening.
North Carolina at North Carolina State (3:30 p.m., ABC): I think this one has the potential to be pretty fun. North Carolina has a high scoring offense and has clinched a trip to face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game next weekend. The Tar Heels have a chance to match the program record for single season victories with a win today. North Carolina's only loss is a head-scratching one to South Carolina to open the season. North Carolina State, quarterbacked by former Gator Jacoby Brissett, is looking for its second straight over the Tar Heels. The Wolfpack have won six of the last eight meetings with North Carolina.
Vanderbilt at Tennessee (4:00 p.m., SEC Network): If you want to watch this instead of the Iron Bowl, the North Carolina rivalry, or UCLA at USC, then you must be a fan of the Volunteers or Commodores. This one has the makings of another ugly defensive affair like Tennessee's 19-8 victory over Missouri last week.