A win over FAMU's biggest rival Saturday in the Florida Classic could be for much more than just bragging rights. Despite a 25-0 loss at Hampton last week, which dropped the Rattlers to 7-3, the upcoming Bethune-Cookman game might not be the last time we see them this season.
Head Coach Joe Taylor says, "Not just holding onto hope. It's legitimate. There are four regions, each region sends four teams. Right now, three teams in this region have been decided. There are two teams that they're looking at. We're one of them."
Linebacker Gregory Boler says, "I really don't want this to be my last game. I really don't. So I'm trying to do whatever we have to do to prove to the rest of the world that we're definitely worthy to be in the playoffs."
Working in the Rattlers' favor is the fact that they're still ranked number 23 in this week's FCS coaches poll. But if they're really going to sway the selection commitee, it's going to take a complete game Saturday.
Coach Taylor says, "Execute. Make sure that we're prepared. Make sure that we play fast. Don't turn the ball over. Play like you want to be in there, and I think that's all that needs to happen."
Two of their last three games were decided in the final seconds, but the most dramatic ending yet could come long after Saturday's final whistle, when the Rattlers learn if they're post-season bound.