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FSU focuses on problems ahead vs USF

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The last time Florida State lost a game by 30-plus points, it had an entire offseason to get over it. The Seminoles don’t have that luxury this time. Just about 48 hours after the 63-20 beating at Louisville , coach Jimbo Fisher was trying to move past being shell shock and address the glaring problems as his 13th-ranked Seminoles prepare for Saturday’s game at South Florida. “Ranting and raving and yelling isn’t going to do anything right now,” Fisher said,…

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Multiple Heisman hopefuls take the field Saturday in Louisville

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Talking about the Heisman Trophy in September is like talking about baseball’s MVP in May. Some may remember George Steinbrenner’s dig at former Yankee and current Hall of Fame member Dave Winfield when he referred to him as “Mr. May.” But that doesn’t stop the pundits from rating the contenders after the first two weeks of the season. For Florida State fans, there’s a justifiable reason for taking a peek at some of them. Before the season began, most thought…

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FSU QB faces quick turnaround after record-setting debut

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Deondre Francois has heard the daunting comparisons to Jameis Winston. The Florida State freshman quarterback appears to be able to shoulder the weight that comes with the expectations — and then some. Francois did a couple of things in his debut that not even Winston did in his first start. The Seminoles quarterback passed for 419 yards in Florida State’s 45-34 comeback victory over Mississippi and is the first Atlantic Coast Conference freshman QB to have a 400-yard game in…

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Dalvin Cook emerges as receiving threat for No. 3 Seminoles

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Defensive coordinators game-planning for Florida State are going to have to expand their strategy on containing Dalvin Cook now that the running back has added another element to his game that will add to their headaches. The junior now is a receiving threat out of the backfield. Cook is the first Seminoles running back in nearly 10 years to be coming off a 100-yard receiving game. Lorenzo Booker had 117 yards in the 2006 Emerald Bowl against UCLA. “If that’s…

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FSU second half blitz dramatically changed the tone on social media

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Fourth-ranked Florida State was heading toward a once-in-a-generation defeat on Monday night. The eleventh-ranked Mississippi Rebels were laying a huge whuppin’ on FSU reminiscent of the 1988 season-opening debacle against Miami. The Seminoles were ranked as the pre-season number one that year and went to face the sixth-ranked Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl. After falling behind by 17 points at halftime, things got worse and Miami handed Florida State a humiliating 31-0 defeat. FSU trailed by 15 points at halftime…

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Florida schools well represented in AP Top 25 pre-season poll

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The college football season is clearly just around the corner with the release of AP’s pre-season top 25 poll. To the surprise of no one, Alabama leads the pack, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, and LSU. Florida came in at No. 25 while Miami just missed at the 26th spot. The South Florida Bulls earned some votes to receive honorable mention. Coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide had 33 first-place votes while Clemson garnered 16, Oklahoma had four, Florida State collected five,…

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Florida State’s QB Deondre Francois focused on himself, not Jameis Winston

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Deondre Francois realizes he isn’t going to escape comparisons to Jameis Winston. But as Florida State wraps up its first week of preseason practices, Francois is trying to gauge his progress by the expectations he has set. “If people want to compare me to Jameis they can do that. I’m not comparing myself to anyone,” Francois on Sunday. “I’m just trying to go out there and do the best that I can.” With Sean Maguire out four weeks due to…

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