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Gators and FSU renew series for four more years

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

While it was a mere formality, Florida State and the University of Florida jointly announced today that they will be continuing their annual end of the season football game for the next four years.

And the game will also remain on Thanksgiving weekend Saturday:

It is interesting that the schools have to announce that they’ve actually agreed, when it’s been long understood from the state legislature level on down, that it’s almost mandated that the two of them meet during the season.

This is, because of the amount of funding the two universities receive from the state and the overwhelming number of alumni and fans that live in the state expecting this game to be played annually.

The two schools first met in 1958 and the game was played in November the first two years. However, did you know the Florida and Florida State met in 1960 and 61, in September? And, the 1961 game actually ended in a 3-3 tie. The only other tie, is the famous 1994 “Choke at Doak” game, where Florida State rallied from a 31 – 3 fourth quarter deficit to finish in a 31 all tie that year.

The game has been a fixture on Thanksgiving weekend and the weekend before the SEC and the ACC Championship games since the early 1990s.

While the Gators lead the overall series 35 – 26 – 2, and Gators fans can always point out that Tim Tebow was four for four in beating the Seminoles in the mid- late 2000s. Meanwhile, Florida Sstate has had much more success as of late by winning seven of the last nine games.

However, one of those losses was a 41-14 beatdown by the Gators and first year coach Dan Mullen in Tallahassee last year. That game was also first taste of the rivalry for Noles coach, Willie Taggart.

This year’s game will be in the Swamp on Saturday, November 30th.

And FSU fans are quick to point out that they’ve won four straight games in Gainesville.

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