Posted: Wednesday November 23, 2005 4:22PM; Updated: Thursday November 24, 2005 1:18PM
Chris Leak and the Gators can close out an undefeated home slate with a win over Florida State on Saturday.
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There will be plenty of football played over the Thanksgiving weekend, and in several games between rivals there will be more than pride at stake. But in the grand scheme of things, outside of a possible upset loss by Texas, this isn't a big college football weekend. There are only two games in which both teams are ranked --- No. 23 Florida State at No. 19 Florida and No. 13 Georgia at No. 20 Georgia Tech --- and neither game means anything in the national championship race, or even the conference races, for that matter, as Florida State and Georgia have all ready clinched spots in their respective league title games.
Therefore, there will be no marquee matchup this time around. We'll save those for next week when the conference championships are played, and USC faces a tough test against UCLA while West Virginia and South Florida battle for the Big East title and a BCS berth. Until then, sit back, relax and enjoy another helping of turkey with your football.
State Supremacy I
(23) Florida vs. (19) Florida State
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)
Florida coach Urban Meyer hasn't brought the offensive juggernaut Gators fans hoped he would bring to Gainesville. Heck, Florida has been downright painful to watch at times. But he is 7-3, undefeated at home and has a chance to end the regular season on high note with a win over the Seminoles. For that to happen, the Gators need to run the ball effectively and QB Chris Leak must be aggressive and consistent. On the other side, Florida State, which is coming off of consecutive losses to N.C. State and Clemson, needs to get mistake-free play out of quarterback Drew Weatherford. A running game would be nice too. The Seminoles have won five of the past seven against the Gators, but Meyer and Co. will finally put everything together and send an embarrassed Florida State into the ACC championship game with, yikes, four losses.
State Supremacy II
(13) Georgia at. (20) Georgia Tech
Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
This may be the best game of the weekend. Though Georgia Tech has been inconsistent (the Yellow Jackets beat Auburn and Miami, but lost to N.C. State and Virginia), it seems to have finally hit its stride. In last week's upset of Miami, the Yellow Jackets held the Hurricanes to 237 yards of offense and just 30 rushing. Tech also boasts an elusive quarterback in Reggie Ball, and sophomore Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the nation. But Georgia also has a terrific defense and an athletic quarterback (D.J. Shockley) who will give the Yellow Jackets problems. This one figures to be tight, but in the end, Georgia is bigger, faster and a little more talented.
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