Dan Mullen: I would 'love' to end Florida State's season
Florida was 4-0 against arch-rival Florida State during Dan Mullen’s time as an assistant on Urban Meyer’s staff. On Monday, Mullen faced many questions from the local media about his first FSU game as the head coach of the Gators.
In what’s sure to disappoint some fans, Mullen revealed he will call Florida State by its name, not a nickname (Meyer famously would only call FSU “the school out west.”)
Mullen talked about the in-state rivalry being more intense because so many players know each other from their high school days. He also talked about fans wanting to have bragging rights all year.
While Mullen’s Monday “Rivalry Week” press conference lacked any bold declarations or Steve Spurrier-like zingers, it was made clear that playing Florida State gets his competitive drive going.
Florida State is 5-6 on the year needing a sixth win to gain bowl eligibility and continue a streak of 36 consecutive bowl game appearances. One reporter mentioned to Mullen that the Gators can actually end FSU’s season, something that hasn’t happened in a long time.
“That’d be great,” Mullen said. “I’d love to do it. But that’s what rivalry games are all about.”
The Gators will have the chance to end three significant FSU streaks: 41 years without a losing season, 36 consecutive bowl appearances and five straight wins over Florida. Kickoff is set for noon ET in Tallahassee and the game will air on ABC.