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Random thoughts: Bucs face Giants’ broken line?

November 18, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. Peyton Manning says that a lot of little brother Eli’s problems are because of the constant flux of the Giants’ offensive line. Well, won’t Eli be happy about facing the Bucs’ pass rush today. From a distance. –The Ohio State Buckeyes certainly looked like an NFL team Saturday. Sadly, it was the […]

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USF’s collapse includes blowing a lead against Temple

November 18, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 2 a.m. Did you believe in the good start? Did you believe in the early lead? Did you believe in the defense playing well If you have been watching the USF Bulls play lately, you probably didn’t believe in any of it. Lately, the Bulls have been walking on thin limbs with heavy loads, […]

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Looking back at college football’s weekend

November 15, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. 5 Observations 1. Charlie Strong says that USF, a program in reverse, isn’t big enough nor deep enough. So now Willie Taggert has to feel bad about that, too? He’s in control of two slumping teams. 2. Most of the impact made by the Florida schools in their heyday was because of […]

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Random thoughts: Bad day for Florida teams

October 28, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. Yeah, it’s a state for great defense, all right. FSU, USF and Florida gave up a combined 152 points on Saturday. Miami and FAU lost on Friday. Does anyone around here not chase receivers across goal lines? — John Tortorella, old Captain Torture, says he misses the hate that has gone from […]

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USF defense exposed in lopsided defeat

October 28, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3 a.m. For most of the season, the fears have been out there. For most of their journey, the USF Bulls were living on borrowed time. Saturday, the porous defense of the Bulls finally caught up with them. The Bulls were blown off the field by an unstoppable Houston team, 57-36. USF gave up […]

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Gators not seasoned enough to beat Georgia … yet

October 28, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 2 a.m. Someday, the Florida Gators will be big enough for the opponent. Someday, they will be good enough on third down. Someday, they will be able to make a 14-13 lead stand up. Someday, they will prevent the opposing team from scoring 23 of the final 26 points of the game. Someday, the […]

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State Roundup: Taggart thinks FSU quit against Clemson

October 28, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 1 a.m. Question: What’s that gooey substance on the bottom the cleats of the Clemson players? Easy. That’s what’s left of the Florida State Seminoles. Clemson embarrassed the FSU Seminoles Saturday afternoon, winning with ease in a 59-10 victory. Only a late touchdown by FSU kept it from being the worst margin in an […]

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State roundup: FSU beats Wake Forest easily

October 21, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 2 a.m. FSU was in trouble … again. By now, Seminole fans have come to know the look of their team against the ropes, and here they went again. It was still in the first quarter, and already, Wake Forest had taken a 10-point lead. The Deacons had driven to the FSU 30, where […]

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Bulls should handle UConn … just barely

October 19, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 2 a.m. In college football, the road to success is built on a good defense. Isn’t it? Why, look at unbeaten Cincinnati, which is third in the nation in scoring defense. Or Clemson, which is sixth. Or Alabama, which is seventh. Frankly, seven of the eight unbeaten teams in the nation have scoring defenses […]

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Looking back on last weekend in college football

October 18, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 3 a.m. 5 Observations 1. When USF has the ball, I think of the possibilities. I think of the weapons. I think in a hurry, because the Bulls may soon be kicking the extra point. But when USF’s opponent has the ball, I wonder if this team can avoid losing three times this year. […]

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