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Florida vs. FSU, Game Thread: Time to stake a claim

And time to spread some joy.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 16 Florida at Missouri

I don’t have predictions for you today, for this Florida-FSU game (7:30 p.m., SEC Network or WatchESPN) that pits a nationally-ranked band of Gators searching for their 10th win against a mediocre crew of Seminoles hoping to avoid going .500 and spoil a season.

I don’t need to tell you that it’s Florida, not FSU, that has taken better cuts at spoiling seasons in this rivalry, from Ron Zook Field’s christening to Will Muschamp’s last game as Florida’s head coach. I don’t need to tell you that Florida, better than a two-touchdown favorite, should dominate a game against a team with a worse offensive line than its own and fewer playmakers on both sides of the ball, even if FSU has more talent than most 6-5 teams in the country.

I don’t need to spill 1,500 words on why this is Florida’s best chance in a minute to distance itself from its in-state rivals, at minimum, and position itself as a national championship contender for years to come. You don’t need a refresher on those four games Florida has dropped to this team in Gainesville since its last win a decade ago.

This is the sort of game you just enjoy. And I’m going to be there, and hopefully not in a medical room, enjoying it. I’m not writing predictions, nor a long-winded preview, nor the recap; I’ll get to takeaways in the Sunday Post ... when I get to them.

But I want some joy unvarnished by this job on this Saturday, and I’m thankful that I’ve at least configured my life so I can attempt to have that.

Here’s hoping we all get some of that today.

Go Gators.