Florida State to start QB Weatherford vs. Gators

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Drew Weatherford will start at quarterback over Xavier Lee for Florida State in the annual intrastate rivalry against Florida on Saturday.

Lee is better coming off the bench than Weatherford, Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden said Monday.

Unranked Florida State (6-5) will attempt to upset No. 4 Florida (10-1) and derail the Gators' hopes for a chance to compete for the national championship.

Weatherford started in last week's 28-20 victory over Western Michigan, but Lee clearly had the better game coming off the bench. Lee completed 9-of-13 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns compared to Weatherford's 5-of-10 for 34 yards and no touchdowns.

Lee started two games, both this season, after Weatherford suffered a foot injury.