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10th-ranked Gators ambushed by Arkansas in 31-10 defeat

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The 10th-ranked Florida Gators might have been a bit overrated. The Gators were clobbered by the Arkansas Razorbacks, 31-10, in Fayetteville Saturday. One game after being shredded by Auburn, 56-3, Arkansas dominated the Gators. They had surrendered 532 yards rushing to the Tigers; they gave up 12 to Florida. The Gators entered the game No. 2 in the nation with total defense giving up 239.9 yards per game. Against Arkansas, they gave up 466 yards. Arkansas took a 14-0 lead…

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Arkansas dominates Kansas State, Bill Snyder in Liberty

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Some days, Bill Snyder must feel older than others. Snyder’s Kansas State team was the latest to get clobbered in a bowl, losing 45-23 to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. There were some close bowls early, but lately, teams such as Alabama, Stanford, Michigan and LSU have turned the games into one-sided affairs. Snyder, the 76-year-old coach who is contemplating his future, has seldom had worse afternoons than Saturday. Snyder has lost 101 times in his career (295 games total),…

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American Bridge slams Marco Rubio for link to “religious freedom” bills

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A liberal opposition research group blasted 2016 presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for his connection to “religious freedom” bills filed in the Florida and Arkansas legislatures. American Bridge PAC singled out the Miami Republican for his relationship with District 74 Republican Rep. Julio Gonzalez, who last week filed HB 401, which would allow adoption agencies to not place children with couples whose lifestyle is “contrary to the religious or moral convictions” of the agency. American Bridge decried Gonzalez’s…

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3 SEC teams out, Auburn tumbles in AP college football poll

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Three Southeastern Conference teams fell out of the AP Top 25 and Auburn dropped 12 spots Sunday after the league that set a record for most teams in the college football rankings last week had a rough weekend. Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi State all dropped out after losses Saturday. The Tigers needed overtime to beat Jacksonville State of the FCS and slipped from No. 6 to No. 18. The SEC was down to seven ranked teams, still the most of…

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Football’s future? QBs training with virtual reality

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Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan straps on a headset that covers his eyes, and instantly, he sees a scene that looks like a video game, all set from his perspective. In about a minute, he runs through a handful of plays, checking his receivers, deciphering defensive coverages and making split-second decisions about where to throw the football. And just like that, practice is over. “I felt like I was in the future putting this thing on — something that you would…

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South Florida hires Skip Holtz

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From Fanhouse: East Carolina coach Skip Holtz has accepted an offer to be South Florida’s next football coach, FanHouse has learned. Holtz, 45, led the Pirates to a second straight Conference USA title this season and a berth in the Liberty Bowl against Arkansas. In five seasons at East Carolina, Holtz went 38-27 and led the Pirates to bowl appearances in four seasons. Holtz, the son of legendary college coach Lou Holtz, also served as head coach at Connecticut, then…

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