Seminoles or Gators? Sunshine State Divided On Which Team Is Most Popular In Football

By  //  September 9, 2016

Florida Gators lead series 34–24–2

ABOVE VIDEO: In the last meeting between the two teams back on November 30 at The Swamp, the No. 13 Seminoles renewed their rivalry with the No. 12 Gators and came out with a 27-2 victory. Running back Dalvin Cook started slow but exploded to finish with 183 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns and the defense held Florida to 262 yards of total offense.

(Sunshine State News) – College football has begun and fans across the Sunshine State are divided as they root for the Gators and the Seminoles. 

On Wednesday, Public Policy Polling (PPP) released a survey asking Floridians who they cheer for in college football. The University of Florida (UF) and Florida State University (FSU) led the way with each team commanding the affection of 24 percent of those surveyed.

FSU is ranked in the AP top 5 to start the season. Both UF and FSU won their opening games this past weekend.

Coming in third in the poll were the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights who are the favorite team of 11 percent of those surveyed. Right behind them came the University of Miami Hurricanes with 10 percent.

ABOVE VIDEO: The 1997 Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Olreans is only game between the two schools in which the winner would win the National Championship. Florida avenged a 24-21 loss the month before at FSU by blasting the Seminoles 52-20 in the 1997 Sugar Bowl to win the National Title, the schools first in football.

UCF won this past weekend but face a tough test coming up on Saturday against the University of Michigan. After a win this past weekend which moved them into the AP top 25, the Hurricanes play Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on Saturday.

Placing fifth in the poll was the University of South Florida (USF) Bulls with 7 percent. After a win this past weekend, USF hosts Northern Illinois on Saturday.

The FAU Owls command the affection of 4 percent of those surveyed. After beating Southern Illinois this past weekend, the Owls have a tough test as they head down to play Miami on Saturday.

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The Florida International University (FIU) Golden Panthers are also the favorite team of 4 percent of those surveyed. FIU started the season with a loss against Indiana this past weekend.

Things don’t get any easier for the Golden Panthers as they face Maryland on Friday night.

The poll of 744 likely voters was taken between Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent