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Alabama defense smothers Florida State

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The Alabama defense turned in a dominating performance, the Florida State special teams endured a terrible night, and one of the most anticipated opening games in college football history went to the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Damien Harris ran for a touchdown and blocked a punt, and Jalen Hurts chipped in with a scoring pass on a night that basically required the sophomore quarterback to make no major mistakes, leading Alabama to a 24-7 beatdown of No. 3 Florida State on…

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Seminoles place 3 on preseason All-ACC

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Florida State placed three members on the preseason All-ACC football team announced Wednesday. Two come from their highly touted defensive unit voted on by the media. Center Alec Eberle, Jr., a redshirt junior, was the sole representative from the offensive side of the ball. Despite missing spring practice due to hip surgery, Eberle will anchor an offensive line still under construction.

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Deondre Francois now in charge of the FSU football team

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In Year Two, the kid has grown up. This FSU offense now belongs to quarterback Deondre Francois. Now, we see how far he can carry it. Francois, who starred as a redshirt freshman a year ago, is now the Seminoles’ undisputed leader. With a schedule that includes Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Florida, the expectations are on his shoulder. “He’s been out there when the scoreboard mattered,” coach Jimbo Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel. “He’s been in big games, almost four…

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Former Seminole DeAndre Johnson making most of second chance

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Joe Mixon and DeAndre Johnson are two very talented football players. They also have something else in common. Both have punched women with their fists and both have suffered consequences. The severity of those consequences is where the two players traveled different paths. Mixon is preparing to play in a major bowl game with the Oklahoma Sooners. Johnson, a former prized recruit at Florida State, just finished the season at an obscure community college. Seventh-ranked Oklahoma and Mixon are preparing…

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No. 14 Florida State on guard against ‘relief syndrome’

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After an emotional 20-19 win at No. 16 Miami last Saturday, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher‘s main focus this week is seeing if his team can carry that momentum through the rest of the season. As the 14th-ranked Seminoles began preparations on Monday for this week’s game against Wake Forest, Fisher said it was critical this week for his players to avoid suffering from “relief syndrome” after defeating their in-state rival for the seventh straight year. “It was big for…

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Improved South Florida excited to face No. 13 Florida State

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South Florida’s Willie Taggart rejects the notion that facing Florida State is his team’s biggest challenge of the season. The fourth-year coach understands what upsetting the 13th-ranked Seminoles could mean for the national perception of his program, however he insists the Bulls are approaching the Saturday matchup as they do every game on their schedule. “When things were tough and it was hard to win around here, you had to find ways to motivate your guys to go out and…

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By the numbers: Florida State-South Florida preview capsule

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No. 13 Florida State (2-1) at South Florida (3-0), Noon (ABC) Line: Florida State by 6. Series Record: Florida State leads 2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Florida State aims to bounce back from a 43-point loss to Louisville that cost the Seminoles the No. 2 ranking and maybe any shot they have of winding up in the College Football Playoff. South Florida, 3-0 for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, hopes to state its case on national television for wide…

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