Voters in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll shuffled the deck this week, but the Alabama Crimson Tide is still firmly the top-ranked team in college football. While no teams from Florida are ranked in the top 10, four schools are in the top 25. Florida State earned the highest rank of the four, coming in at number 12, down one spot from a week ago. The Seminoles, who have not played in two weeks, dropped a spot after their…
“What just happened?” That was surely the question coming from Tennessee players, coaches and the legions of fans back in Rocky Top after Feleipe Franks’ 63-yard heave to Tyrie Cleveland gave Florida a shocking win at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. Gator fans likely had the same reaction, but with a decidedly different outlook.
Football schedules for major college teams are often set years in advance. This year, they are works in progress with some schools. With the for-more-important human havoc Hurricane Irma caused, it also created chaos with football programs such as the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida. When both schools were unable to play conference games last week, the American Athletic Conference (AAC) got to work with its member schools to ensure fairness and balance in the…
On Friday, Illinois (2-0) will make its first-ever trip to Tampa to face the 22nd-ranked USF Bulls. While the two teams will be meeting for the first time ever, the Illini coaching staff will have no trouble finding their way around Raymond James Stadium or finding the visitors’ locker room. No fewer than six Illinois coaches are familiar to Tampa Bay NFL fans. They have either played with the Bucs or served as coaches.
With the welcome news that I-75 north of Gainesville will not close due to the flooding of the Santa Fe River, returning evacuees will now have a clearer path home. Traveling Tennessee Volunteer fans and some Florida Gator fans will also have an easier time getting to The Swamp for Saturday’s game between the two rivals. With U.S. Highways 41 and 27 still closed, a nightmarish detour was averted.
On Wednesday, the Bucs and Miami Dolphins announced the season opener scheduled for Sunday in Miami, will instead be played on November 19, the scheduled bye week for both teams. That means Tampa Bay will open the season against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium next Sunday.
Corey Dickerson hit his 26th home run and also doubled twice, powering the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins 11-4 Monday night to tighten the AL wild-card race. The Twins’ lead for the second wild-card spot was trimmed to a half-game by the Angels.