One huge issue that is the elephant in the living room is the difference between the UF and FSU Engineering programs. FSU's UG stats will never catch UF with the FSU Engineering program as currently configured.
Expect this issue to be addressed in the proper manner over time.
Also remember that FSU is not intended to be a clone of UF, nor the reverse. UF will always probably be supported in this area better than FSU, and that's fine. FSU has it's specialty areas that UF does not have. This is by design.
The difference in USNews rank is too great, though. Kudos to UF's adminstration (probably starting 15 years or more ago) in having the vision to plan for this. For whatever reason, FSU's administration was late to the party, but I assure you as an FSU alumnus we are taking this issue to the FSU administration (even though the weak decisions were made years ago). The administration assures us they are all over it and things will improve.
The 'bad' news for kids is that many will not be admitted unless they work hard and prepare far in advance.