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The Predictions: USF should score with ease

October 13, 2017 College Sports in Florida

By now, you know how this works. The USF Bulls will spend the first quarter driving head coach Charlie Strong crazy. Quarterback Quinton Flowers will be wild-high in the second quarter. The running backs will sputter some in the third. And then you’ll glance at the scoreboard, and you’ll wonder where those 48 points came […]

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Missed extra point dooms Gators vs. LSU

October 8, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 3 a.m. It’s a sandwich play. You know, a bathroom play. A let-the-cat out play. A take-a-break-from-the-game play. Usually, you don’t even think about an extra point. It’s a short putt. It’s a layup. It’s a routine grounder to short. It’s a point-after kick. And when a team has a kicker like Eddy Piniero, […]

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Miami’s comeback finally overcomes FSU

October 8, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 2 a.m. They came back from a comeback. They came back from seven years of sorry. They came back in a rivalry that was threatening to grow stale. They came back from irrelevance. Finally, Miami came back from behind a team that had ceased to matter. The Hurricanes won 24-20. After seven years of […]

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Will this be the year that Miami finally beats FSU?

October 5, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 2 a.m. How much does it matter who a team has played? Answer that, and perhaps you can guess who will win Saturday’s game between Miami and FSU. Miami, for intance, is 3-0. But it’s 3-0 while playing Bethune-Cookman, Toledo and Duke. It would be a huge story if the Hurricanes had lost to […]

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Gators return to Franks in win over Vanderbilt

October 1, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3 a.m. Once again, frankly, it’s Feleipe. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks resumed his control of the University of Florida offense Saturday afternoon, coming off the bench to lead a 38-24 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Florida had trailed, 17-14, before taking over in the second half. Franks, who replaced injured starter Luke Del Rio, […]

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USF’s big second half leads to 61-31 win

October 1, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 2 a.m. The problem with USF football? The final scores might not always show you where the struggles are. Take the win over East Carolina Saturday. The final score was 61-31, perhaps the kind of score you would figure from the undefeated (and 18th-ranked) Bulls. Ah, but there were some wobbly moments along the […]

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Blackman’s late touchdown pass lifts Seminoles

October 1, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 1 a.m. The FSU Seminoles are winners again. Finally. Closely. Homely. But they won. James Blackman, the freshman quarterback of the Seminoles, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Auden Tate with only 53 seconds to playfor a 26-19 victory. Blackman, starting his second game, struggled for much of the day, but made the winning […]

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Random Thoughts: Exporting the Jags is cruel

September 24, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday 4 a.m. I love Great Britain, which gave us the Beatles, Shakespeare, James Bond, King Arthur, Robin Hood, the Rolling Stones and Ms. Peel, among others. So why are we giving them back the Jaguars in return? Hey, this isn’t North Korea. – I haven’t been paying attention. Tell me: When did Butch Jones […]

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College roundup: FSU falls in Blackman’s debut

September 23, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 7 p.m. A season that started with great expectations has turned to disappointment already. The FSU Seminoles fell to 0-2 Saturday with a 27-21 loss to North Carolina State at Doak Campbell Stadium. If you want, you can call it the final casualty of Hurricane Irma; the Seminoles played after a 21-day layoff. The […]

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Hail Feleipe! Gators win on game’s final play

September 17, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. The pass soared straight and long. It went beyond the doubts and critics. It went beyond the questions and the whispers. It flew above Will Muschamp, and above Jeff Driskell, and above Will Greer. It went behind average quarterbacks on the fields of the legends. It went beyond a bad offense and […]

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