ESPN 300 linebacker Freddie Stevenson (Bartow, Fla./Bartow) hasn't hidden the fact that he felt disrespected by Florida for not offering him a scholarship. So this weekend, when he travels to Tallahassee for the Florida-Florida State game as a Seminoles commitment, there will be some additional meaning.
Given the shakeup in the national title picture with the losses by Kansas State and Oregon, there is some extra significance riding on the outcome as well.
"I am looking forward to seeing two rivals battle it out and seeing the atmosphere now that they know they could be playing for a shot in the national title game," Stevenson said.
This intrastate rivalry has had some very important games in the past that have propelled or prevented national championships. Of course, both teams would need a lot of help to get to Miami for the title game.
But either way, it appears another battle is imminent in the series' rich history. Stevenson believes the home team will come away with the spoils.
"I am taking FSU in a close, low-scoring game," he said.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker took an official visit to Florida State in September and committed July 4.