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FAMU on the upswing as Florida Classic approaches

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On Saturday, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman will meet on the football field as they do every year. They have played since 1925, but in 1978 the November contest earned its present moniker of the Florida Classic. While most eyes are on Florida’s major colleges each week, these two FCS/Division II schools seek to earn the title of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. But the Florida Classic, played in Orlando one week before Rivalry Week among FBS/Division I schools, is arguably the most…

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Downtrodden Florida football teams making comebacks

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For the most part, Florida football fans — both college and pro — have not had a lot to cheer about in recent years. Lately, however, football fans around the state have had some reason to cheer on both Saturday and Sunday. Unless one was a Florida State fan, supporters of Florida’s teams had to be satisfied with an occasional strong performance. The Seminoles have been a championship contender over the past five seasons. It has been a tough go…

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Christian McCaffrey’s performance for the ages leads Stanford

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Christian McCaffrey may or may not win the Heisman Trophy, but his performance in the Pac 12 Championship Game on Saturday will almost certainly earn him an invitation to the awards presentation. His running, receiving, passing and kick returning are the main reason why his Stanford Cardinal beat the Southern California Trojans, 41-22. The victory gave Stanford its third title in the past four seasons. McCaffrey, the son of former NFL star Ed McCaffrey, rushed for 207 yards and a…

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Week 6 college football by the numbers

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A memorable game occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, but several individual and team performances were also worthy of mention. Here, by the numbers, are just a few. 712 – Passing yards allowed by Florida State’s defensive unit over the last two games against Miami and Louisville; both wins, but a cause for concern for the near future (see the next item). Louisville’s freshman QB Lamar Jackson threw for 307 in the Cardinals’ 41-21 loss to FSU. 532 –…

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Bobby Bowden offers FAMU a foundation-building idea from 1981

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Florida A&M’s 36-0 loss to South Carolina State on Thursday again exposed a few realities. At the top of the list is a gap in talent between the Rattlers and their first three opponents. To be successful, the level of talent does not need to equal that of FAMU legends like Bob Hayes, Willie Gallimore, Ken Riley, Glen Edwards or Hewritt Dixon. In the era of ESPN and today’s integrated universities, players of that caliber receive offers from elite Division…

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USF swamps outgunned FAMU; FSU up next

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As the new head coach at Florida A&M University, Alex Wood knew going in that he would have a tough job. Inheriting a squad that went 3-9 the past two seasons indicates there is nowhere to go but up. Halfway into his first game his team had a grand total of one first down against the University of South Florida Bulls. FAMU was down only 16-0 at half, but it went downhill from there with USF rolling to a 51-3…

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