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All Florida teams favored to win Saturday

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Saturday’s college football action in Florida is expected to leave fans of the state’s major football schools happy by the end of the day. Every one of them is favored to win today. The 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes began the weekend on Friday by going to Duke and easily handling the Blue Devils 31-6.

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Writing off FSU season is premature

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Late in the fourth quarter of Florida State’s opening game against Alabama, Seminole fans knew they were about to go 0-1. Truth be told, so too did the FSU bench. At the same time, they knew, Jimbo Fisher and the staff knew, and the players knew, the season was far from over. They could still regroup, correct shortcomings (with special emphasis on special teams) and still win the ACC title and earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

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No. 3 Florida State’s defense poised to outshine offense

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Florida State has largely been known for its offense during Jimbo Fisher‘s eight seasons as head coach. This could be the season where that could change. FSU has a defense with enough talent to outshine the Seminoles’ offense.

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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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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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No. 2 Florida State looks to contain Louisville’s Lamar Jackson

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Florida State has its hands full going up against Louisville dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, and that was before the second-ranked Seminoles lost one of their most versatile defensive players. Coach Jimbo Fisher said during Monday’s press conference that defensive back Derwin James was having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The injury occurred during the second half of last Saturday’s win over Charleston Southern . The 6-foot-3, 211-pound sophomore has emerged as one of the nation’s top…

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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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