Tide might be turning in rivalry series

In the same vein, here are five other potential reversals of rivalry fortune in this crossroads season of college football:

Florida-Florida State
Upper hand: Belongs to the Gators, who have won six straight in the series, while the Seminoles have slid from the top-five perch they enjoyed in the Bobby Bowden heyday.

Why it might change: This is a huge transition year in Gainesville. Urban Meyer has to replace stellar defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, hero quarterback Tim Tebow and eight other NFL draft picks. It’s also a huge transition year in Tallahassee with Bowden’s retirement, but that might be a short-term net gain for Florida State. Jimbo Fisher takes over with a fully cohesive staff, a complete mandate on program direction and what should be a renewed energy at the top.

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8/10/10