University of Florida

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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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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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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Ask Gary: Has the Super Bowl hype calmed down?

February 3, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Each week, the readers take over and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports. Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, […]

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Is Mullen’s task harder than Spurrier’s?

November 29, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 4 a.m. You are Dan Mullen, Boss Gator. And where do you start? You are Mullen, the guy who finally didn’t say no. Chip Kelly is off trying to spell UCLA. Scott Frost will soon be trying to make Nebraska relevant again. But you are here, and as unimpressed as some may be with […]

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The Predictions: Can Miami knock off Notre Dame?

November 10, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 2 a.m. Twenty years have passed. The volume has not ceased. Want to get up the dander of a University of Miami football fan? Want to hear a Notre Dame fan launch into the Victory March? Then mention the Convicts against the Catholics. In some ways, they’re still playing the game. Now, that’s a […]

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Florida, FSU sink in the world of college football

October 18, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The big guys have turned into little guys. The little guys have become big. Footballs now come with training wheels attached. The world is upside down. Welcome to Florida, the land that big-time football forgot. Quarterbacks are equipped with scatterguns. There are too many bulbs for the scoreboards. Coaching seats are warming […]

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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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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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