Working in a local Florida TV newsroom, you're going to have plenty of people who went to both Florida State and Florida. The rivalry is alive and well around the office - and with Tallahassee being so close to Gainesville, there are no shortage of Gator fans invading the state's capital either.
Saturday would see the 61st meeting between the Sunshine State's strongest teams (UF, incidentally, leads the series with a 34-24-2 all-time record), and there was no shortage of Gator fans in Tally ready for the big game.
Florida's program is on the rise - and in Head Coach Jim McElwain's second year, the Gators would love to steal a game in Tallahassee from their rivals. Florida State, on the other hand, is looking at a possible New Year's Six bowl berth and seeks to keep their win streak against the Gators alive.
There was some drama in the lead up to the game, with two major coaching openings up for grabs in LSU and Texas - and the worry FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher might leave to take one. However, Fisher said he was staying in Florida - and both jobs were filled quickly in the week leading up to the game.
McElwain's season has been relatively innocuous, with a big win against LSU in Death Valley the week before setting up a date with Bama in Atlanta. Florida's had offensive troubles through most of the season - on their second quarterback of the year - but nonetheless a dangerous team with a solid defense.
But the fans were mostly enjoying the weather prior to the game. With a high of 80 throughout most of the day and clear skies, tailgaters could be found throughout downtown Tallahassee and spread all over FSU's campus.
By game time, when the 70-some-thousand fans began packing into the stadium, it was a clear black night and the excitement was palpable.
Florida State fans were all over the stadium. One, John, a sophomore on the field before the game, said he thought FSU would roll the Gators.
"They've got no offense," he said. "I just think we're the overall better team."
One of the few Florida fans tailgating near the stadium we could find said he hoped, at the very least, that the game would be a good one. He drove from Central Florida with his family and did the traditional 'Gator chomp' when asked what he thought his team would do against the 'Noles.
Game time would come quickly: #15 Florida at #14 Florida State. Rivalries don't get any better than this.<>
— Brian Chojnacki (@BroadcastingBri) November 27, 2016