FSU, Florida extend series to 2018

Florida State and Florida have extended their annual series through the 2018 season, the Gators announced on Thursday.

The current contract between the rivals expires after the 2014 season, but there was never a doubt the series would be renewed -- even as the ACC grapples with the possibility of going to a nine-game league schedule. Both schools have been adamant that they would do whatever it takes to protect their rivalry. Just last spring, coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about the future of the game with the College Football Playoff looming and both leagues weighing options to add more conference games.

At the time, Fisher said, "I doubt that game will ever be affected because I think one of the criteria for getting in the final four is strength of schedule. Whether they have nine or we have eight only enhances that ability and it makes the results of that game even greater."

Their matchup has become a fixture as the regular-season finale for both schools, and supplanted the Florida-Miami rivalry that once dominated the state. Florida State and Florida have played every year since 1958 and have grown their rivalry into one of the fiercest in college football. Though Florida leads the overall series 34-22-2, the Seminoles have won three of the past four matchups.

The teams are set to play in Tallahassee on Nov. 29 this upcoming season.