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Looking back on the college football weekend

September 27, 2018 College Sports in Florida

5 Observations 1. Bully for the Bulls, being 4-0 and all. But, frankly, it was easier to think bad of them than ever as they squeaked past East Carolina. No, ECU will not have a good year. South Florida has work to do in its week off. 2. At FSU, there is no fish that […]

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USF rallies once again to knock off Illinois

September 16, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3 a.m. Before they could overcome Illinois, the USF Bulls first had to overcome themselves. Yeah, it took them most of the day to get it done. The Bulls, for the second straight week, came from a double-digit deficit to beat the Illini Saturday afternoon, hanging on for a last-second 25-19 victory. It was […]

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Predictions: Eagles to slip past Tampa Bay

September 14, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 2 a.m. The question is simple. Can they treat Tampa Bay to success, the sequel? For a week, the Tampa Bay Bucs were unstoppable. They were dynamic, and efficient, and creative. Their quarterback was a star, and their receivers were running wind sprints, and their offensive line gave up no pressure. And now? It’s […]

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Looking back on the weekend’s college games

September 12, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 2 a.m. 5 Observations 1. All of USF’s problems on defense Saturday weren’t because of Georgia Tech’s offense. There were plays that made it look like USF had never seen a simple pitch before. The Bulls are fast, and they can score. But will every game go to the final reel? 2. It’s hard […]

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Bulls come from behind to top high-powered Tech

September 9, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. When the smoke had cleared, when someone had finally turned off the scoreboard before it exploded, when the yardage had been chewed up by the acre, there was one question to ask about USF’s latest football game. How in the world did the Bulls win this one? For so long, USF’s defenders had […]

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State roundup: What has happened to Florida?

September 9, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. Samford? No, not Stanford. Samford. Yep, the raging Bulldogs, a 33-point underdog, played FSU to the last heartbeat Saturday night before losing, 36-26. It was the latest of a series of games that shows that football isn’t what it used to be in this state. Yeah, Samford (and hold the “…and son” […]

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Predictions: Bucs lose opener to New Orleans

September 8, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 2 a.m. The odds are that Jameis Winston, watching at home, reaches for the potato chips before he reaches for the chicken wings. The odds are that Drew Brees hits his first eight passes before the Bucs force an incompletion, although that might be conservative. The odds are that Gerald McCoy records his first […]

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Remembering Burt, and that wonderful interview

September 7, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 3 a.m. When the interview was over, when his tears had stopped and his laughter, I came to this conclusion about Burt Reynolds. The thing that made him a star, I thought, was that he didn’t act like one. He was Burt. He was the old FSU running back. He was the guy who […]

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Looking back at the weekend’s college football

September 5, 2018 College Sports in Florida

5 Observations 1. Give Florida the weekend victory. They weren’t as ambitious in their scheduling as Miami or FSU, but they did everything they were supposed to do in their victory over Charleston Southern. They should have won big, and they won big. We still don’t know how it will transfer to the big boys, […]

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Barnett sizzles in first start for USF

September 2, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3:30 a.m. For so  long , he waited. For so many miles, he had wondered. For an eternity, it seemed, Blake Barnett waited for college football to come to him. Understand, then, that Barnett didn’t simply make his debut for South Florida Saturday night. Barnett kicked in the doors and shouted his arrival. Barnett, […]

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