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College preview: FAU, USF attempt major upsets in the state

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Ever feel like someone’s little brother? Ever watch as they get all of the praise, all of the rewards, all of the attention? This week, Florida Atlantic and South Florida both know how you feel. Two of the smaller college football programs will try to pull shockers againat two of the more highly regarded, more traditional teams in the state. The FAU Owls play against Miami tonight, and USF plays Florida State Saturday morning. In other games, Florida is host…

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First weekend of college football by the numbers

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The opening weekend of the college football season produced some eye-popping numbers. We know that Florida State and South Florida posted 59 and 51 points, respectively. Florida put up 61 points on New Mexico State and Miami scored 45 points while shutting out Bethune-Cookman. What are some other numbers worthy of mention? 233  Yards in punt returns by Maryland’s William Likely in the Terrapins’ 50-21 romp over the Richmond Spiders. Likely’s outburst set an all-time Big 10 record. Maryland is…

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Adam Putnam offers six “Fresh From Florida” recipes to kickoff college football

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As college football kicks off this week, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putman says the best way to celebrate the big games are with fun, healthy and simple “Fresh From Florida” dishes. Putnam’s office released several winning recipes for tailgating and watch parties, each featuring “in season” seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables with the “Fresh From Florida” label available at grocers statewide. “No matter what team you’re rooting for this college football season, there’s no better way to enjoy the game than…

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College football means the return of traditions to fans

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Touchdowns all count the same. Bands often play the same songs. Every school has a funny mascot running around. Cheerleaders wave the pom-poms in pretty much the same fashion. What separates one college football team from another are the traditions. It is there, in the time-honored lore of the game, that the real differences exist between, say, Florida and Florida State, or Texas and Texas A&M. It is there in the weekly rituals that fans find their own identifications. A…

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Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves a hit among the multitude of watch lists

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Why do so many people watch college football? Maybe it’s because they’re on one of those many lists. The college football watch lists are out, and man, are they bulky. Those who name awards want you to know who they’re watching, and to watch along, as the 2015 season gets cranked up. The Lombardi Award, for instance, includes 145 names on its watch list. The Outland has 81. The Wuerrfel, Maxwell, Bednarik and Nagurski awards all have 80. The Rimington…

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South Florida to get transfer quarterback from UCLA

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Florida has become a second-chance destination for college quarterbacks. Already, FSU had landed former Notre Dame star Everett Golson. Florida had added John O’Grady from Vandy to its quarterback mix. Miami had added former Kansas State passer Jake Heaps, who threw for 1,400 yards, to its roster. Now, it is the turn of the South Florida Bulls, who will welcome Asantii Woulard from UCLA. Woulard, who is from Winter Park, will sit out a year and then have two remaining.…

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Bitcoin Bowl, Schmitcoin Bowl

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Well, that didn’t take long. Remember The Bitcoin St. Pete Bowl at Tropicana Field last year? Well, savor it because it’s not going to happen again. At least not under that name. According to Coin Desk, a company that reports on the tech currency, the company BitPay is walking away from a three-year sponsorship gig after just one year. There’s little known about why Bitcoin is walking back its sponsorship and naming rights of the College Football bowl, but ESPN…

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