With recovery efforts from the effects of Hurricane Irma still underway statewide, this weekend will represent a somewhat return to normalcy, as college football games involving in-state schools will take place as scheduled for the first time this fall. Cancellations, relocations and postponements of games have plagued the beginning of the season for the state, and this will have an effect on each team in its own way moving forward.
What To Watch
Florida will be showcased in the College Football Week 4 opener, as the #21 South Florida Bulls (3-0) play host to the Temple Owls. The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Thursday at 7:30 PM ET and it will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN. The heavily favored Bulls will look to remain undefeated under new Head Coach Charlie Strong on the heels of last Friday’s blowout win over Illinois.
Florida State Seminoles
The #12 Florida State Seminoles will get their season back underway at noon on Saturday when they take on the N.C. State Wolfpack in Tallahassee. The Seminoles, who suffered an opening weekend loss to #1 Alabama, will return to the field for the first time in three weeks, after canceling the home opener with Louisiana-Monroe and postponing the Atlantic Coast Conference opener with the #14 Miami Hurricanes, a game that has been rescheduled for Saturday October 7th in Tallahassee. Florida State Freshman Quarterback James Blackman will make the first start of his career after losing returning starter Deondre Francois to a knee injury versus Alabama.
The Golden Knights
The Central Florida Golden Knights, who were forced to cancel home games vs. Memphis and Georgia Tech respectively, will travel to College Park, Maryland as they get set to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday at 3 PM ET on Fox Sports 1. The Knights, who have not played since August 31st, look to continue the momentum from their season-opening win vs. Florida International.
Off the heels of an improbable “walk-off” win over the Tennessee Volunteers, the #20 Florida Gators will also be on the road this weekend, as they faceoff with the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. Florida, who is riding a 30-year winning streak over Kentucky heading into Saturday, appears to be continuing its search for answers offensively, despite already having one of college football’s greatest plays of the season under their belt. The game is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET and will be broadcast locally on the SEC Network.