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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

AP Top 25: USF rises; UF slips; FSU drops out

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The Associated Press Top 25 poll showed no change among the top 5 teams, while two teams joined the top 10 for the first time this year. Among Florida teams, Miami and Florida stayed about the same, while South Florida climbed three spots. Florida State dropped out. Alabama maintained their solid hold on the top spot, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Penn State and USC. Georgia crashed the top 10 in the 7th position following their big win over former No.…

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James Blackman puts up respectable performance in FSU loss

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Going into Saturday’s game against North Carolina State, the concern for Florida State was true freshman quarterback James Blackman would either be unable to move the offense, or commit a couple of key turnovers or two, or both. In the end, the Seminoles’ frustrating 27-21 loss to the Wolfpack, which dropped them to 0-2 for the first time in 28 years, could not be laid solely at the feet of Blackman.

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FSU/Gators both starting inexperienced quarterbacks

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A young, inexperienced starting quarterback is the talk of college football in the state of Florida. How will Florida State true freshman James Blackman do this weekend as he steps in for the injured Deondre Francois? The Seminoles are not the only ones starting a signal caller with precious little experience. Though he is now a legend among the Florida faithful, the Gators’ redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks has started a grand total of two games.

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USF Bulls seek to avenge last year’s loss to Temple

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For the second straight week, the University of South Florida Bulls will play at home in prime time on ESPN. Last Friday featured a 47-23 blowout of Illinois while this week brings American Athletic Conference rival Temple (2-1) to Raymond James Stadium to open league play for both teams. The 3-0 Bulls, ranked 21st in the AP Top 25 and 17th in the Amway Coaches Poll, will be looking to avenge last year’s 46-30 loss to the Owls in Philadelphia. It…

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Writing off FSU season is premature

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Late in the fourth quarter of Florida State’s opening game against Alabama, Seminole fans knew they were about to go 0-1. Truth be told, so too did the FSU bench. At the same time, they knew, Jimbo Fisher and the staff knew, and the players knew, the season was far from over. They could still regroup, correct shortcomings (with special emphasis on special teams) and still win the ACC title and earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

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Four Florida teams in AP Top 25 poll; Alabama firmly on top

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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…

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Miracle play lifts clunker game to legendary status

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“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.

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