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FSU can remove much of the disappointment with Orange victory

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It says a great many things about the FSU program that this will be remembered as a season of underachievement. After all, the Seminoles are ranked 10th in the country. They have a shot at 10 wins. Dalvin Cook was eighth in the country in rushing. Demarcus Walker was tied for second in sacks. Tarvarus McFadden was tied for first in interceptions. Still, for a team that has won a national title and been in the playoffs in recent seasons,…

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State of Florida filled with quality head football coaches

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The roster of Tampa Bay college coaches grew again Monday, when ESPN reported that Florida Atlantic University had agreed on a new contract with Lane Kiffin. Kiffin, who has been the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, had been mentioned for several openings before agreeing to join the Owls. Kiffin might have gotten a bigger head coaching job if not for his reputation of jumping one school for another. Regardless, the roster of coaches in the state schools is…

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Top 25 takeaways: after 3 unbeatens go down, what now?

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The announcement was made in Husky Stadium and the sellout crowd at the Washington-USC game roared. Pittsburgh 43, Clemson 42. It is safe to say that never before has an ACC score made a Seattle crowd so excited. Then Washington went out and lost, too. And Michigan followed up with a loss at Iowa and just like that there were three College Football Playoff-shaking results on a Saturday when all the top contenders were big favorites. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways…

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USF’s Quentin Flowers wins weekly Sunshine State Award

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He was supposed to be hurt. His team was supposed to play around him. And yet, just like most weeks, Quinton Flowers ran wild. Flowers combined for 395 yards Friday night to lead USF to a 52-45 win over the previously 22nd-ranked Midshipmen. Flowers passed for 219 yards and ran for 176. He accounted for four touchdowns. Flowers has been named as this week’s Sunshine State Award winner. Other players considered for the honor included: Central Florida’s Tre’Quan Smith (who…

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Top 25 takeaways: Big 12 in big trouble, the new Clemsoning

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The road claimed two undefeated teams from the Big 12, plus previously unbeaten Nebraska and Boise State, on a college football Saturday that delivered on its potential to create serious problems for College Football Playoff contenders. The first selection committee rankings will be released Tuesday. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from a day for road warriors and gritty victories. 1. The new definition of Clemsoning is making all the clutch plays, never flinching when behind and winning close games against good…

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Week 9 preview: ACC showdown; Browning faces tough Utes

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The last weekend before College Football Playoff selection committee starts releasing its rankings has potential for a serious shake-up in the postseason race. All seven of the nine remaining undefeated teams in FBS that are playing Saturday are on the road, including No. 3 Clemson at No. 12 Florida State and No. 7 Nebraska at No. 11 Wisconsin. The rankings that come out Tuesday night will be the first of six, and as always it is important to remember not…

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Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio returns home to face Georgia

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He grew up here, running across the turf, watching his father coach, learning about this game called football. Saturday, Luke Del Rio returns to Jacksonville. This time, he gets to play. Del Rio, the son of former Jaguars’ coach Jack Del Rio, brings his Florida Gators in to play against Georgia. Florida is 5-1 on the year and ranked No. 14 in the polls. Del Rio’s father coached his team in Everbank Stadium last week and won. “Hopefully, the Del…

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