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Top 25 takeaways: the real loss for FSU; same Texas mess

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The anticipation for week one of the college football season can only be surpassed by the overreactions to week one of the college football season. LOL, Tom Herman hype. Sam Darnold and No. 4 Southern California? Overrated. Florida? No quarterback. North Carolina State? Already a disappointment.

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Numbers game: Analytics spreading through college football

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The game still nags at Tulane coach Willie Fritz. The big upset that got away. Fritz was head coach at Georgia Southern when the Eagles took a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter of their 2014 opener against North Carolina State. The Wolfpack rallied to win 24-23 after Fritz made a fourth-down decision — a gut call he is still kicking himself about.

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Alabama, SEC trying to climb back to college football summit

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Alabama and the Southeastern Conference are trying to climb back atop the college football mountain.

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Florida State RB Dalvin Cook entices Vikes to ‘take a swing’

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After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was still available, the kind of dynamic running back Minnesota drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. The Vikings traded up seven spots to the 41st overall pick Friday night and snagged Cook, the Florida State star whose stellar college career came with off-the-field questions. They sent one of their fourth-round selections to Cincinnati to move ahead in the second…

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Day 3 dandies: Jake Butt, Samaje Perine provide late-round draft value

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Four rounds of the NFL draft left and plenty of talented players to go around. Remember, Dak Prescott was selected last season in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys. These picks are plenty important and here are some players who could provide some second-day value on Saturday. Jake Butt, TE, 6-foot-5, 246 lbs., Michigan Butt probably would have been picked in the first two days of the draft, but he blew out his knee in the Orange Bowl against…

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ESPN’s football bracket has Alabama beating FSU for championship

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Consider it a wee bit of fun here in March. The folks at ESPN, not content to just fill out their basketball brackets, decided to also fill out a 64-team college football bracket for the fall. Of course, the college football playoffs are only four teams deep, so there is quite a bit of whimsy in the brackets. But they’re interesting to discuss. For instance, ESPN had Nick Saban’s Alabama team beating Jimbo Fisher’s FSU squad, 35-31, for the national…

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Florida State sign pair of running backs in recruiting class

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With Dalvin Cook leaving Florida State early for the NFL draft, coach Jimbo Fisher signed two guys that could be his replacement. Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn are both five-star recruits that both could see playing time next season. Akers, an early enrollee, is regarded as the nation’s top running back prospect and Laborn is more of an all-purpose back. Fisher thinks there will be plenty of room for both. “Backs realize that if there are different roles you can…

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