Christopher Smith

Florida, Florida State Extend Series Through 2018

Created on Feb. 27, 2014 5:18 PM EST

With so many of college football's traditional rivalries disappearing, it's nice to see schools working hard to continue them.

Florida and Florida State on Thursday announced the decision to extend their rivalry through at least 2018.

The Gators and Seminoles have played every year since 1958, with UF leading the overall series, 34-22-2.

If you think some of the recent Iron Bowl tilts between Alabama and Auburn have been important, consider this: Florida and Florida State both were ranked in the AP Top 10 every year they played from 1990-2000. That time period encapsulated the prime seasons of Steve Spurrier (Gators) and Bobby Bowden (Seminoles).

Notre Dame-Michigan is expected to end after 2014. The annual Missouri-Kansas blood feud stopped three seasons ago. Schools like Nebraska have all-new "rivals," and SEC cross-division feuds like Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia are in danger.

But, at least through 2018, we'll be able to enjoy Florida-Florida State at the end of the regular season.

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