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Chomping at Bits: Is the gap between Florida and Florida State closing?

Both teams are 18-6 in their last 24 games.

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Is the gap between Florida and Florida State closing?: FSU has won the last three meetings between the two teams, outscoring the Gators 88-28. The Seminoles have also finished with better ranked recruiting classes than the Gators in recent years. A win Saturday would go a long way towards closing the recent gap between the two programs. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Gators looking for consistency: Jim McElwain wants his team to focus on preparing for FSU and follow up their big LSU win the right way. (Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald; FOX Sports)

Breaking down Florida’s goal line stand: Reviewing the last four downs of the LSU game. (Trevor Sikkema, SEC Country)

Profile of T.J. McCoy: McElwain noted that McCoy has been “a breath of fresh air” on the offensive line. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Florida will have a challenge stopping Dalvin Cook: Jim McElwain called Cook the most explosive player in all of college football. Cook became FSU’s all-time leading rusher last weekend, (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Florida’s potential path to the Playoff: The Gators, who are ranked No. 15 in the College Football Playoff Committee’s rankings this week, could theoretically contend for a spot if they win their next two games. (Ryan Young, SEC Country; Nick de la Torre, Gator Country)

Gators believing in Austin Appleby: Jim McElwain says Florida players believe in Appleby and that he has a positive effect on the team. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)

Deondre Francois and Jordan Scarlett could have ended up at rival schools: I mean, you could probably say that about most highly sought-after recruits though. (Safid Deen, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida recruiting: 4-star defensive end LaBryan Ray had good things to say about the Gators, 4-star Florida tight end commit Kemore Gamble is still being pursued by Miami and Alabama, and the Gators are being considered by 4-star 2018 tight end Will Mallory. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Select Gator ticket deals available on Cyber Monday: A list of events and deals are in the article. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

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