Florida vs Florida State, The 2017 Toilet Bowl

Ask any Gator or Seminole fan, the biggest game of the year comes in November for rivalry week.

While the past few years have seemed to have been an uneven match up, this Saturday will be the first time that both schools are entering the game with losing records since 1959 (the second time the teams played each other, ever). It’s so surreal that this 4-6 FSU team was the same team that was matched up against Alabama in week one for “The biggest opener in college football history.” If you had been told that going into rivalry week, the Gators would have the same record as the Seminoles, one would assume Florida was having a great season.

While, there seems to be darkness in the northern region of Florida, this year’s duel is still just as important. Both teams are not only battling for bragging rights, but Florida State is trying to keep alive their NCAA-best 35 season streak of bowl eligibility. Florida has gone through a six week battle that saw the Gators fall five times in a row and lose their head coach.

The Gator’s wide receiver, Dre Massey, sees this game as a chance to end this season on a high note. “We hear they have an opportunity at a bowl game, so we’re going to just spoil that,” Massey tells Matt Brannon of alligator.org.

Ending a season with a win against Florida State will be a great beginning for a new era of coaching at the University of Florida.

Tune in Saturday at noon EST on ESPN to watch the Sunshine State Showdown.