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FSU has big shoes to fill with the departure of Dalvin Cook

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FSU has a lot of players coming back to its football team. One who won’t is a big one. Dalvin Cook finished the season as the nation’s No. 1 running back, according to Pro Football Focus. It remains to be seen if Cook is the top back taken — some mocks seem to prefer LSU’s Leonard Fournette — but Cook’s season put him above everyone else in college. Cook finished the year with 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns on 288…

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Two recruiting sites say FSU is having a Top 10 recruiting year

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The rich, evidently, get richer. The recruiting sites are writing that most of the Florida schools are doing well in recruiting, led by FSU, which both 247sports.com and Rivals.com see as having a top 10 recruiting class again. Of course, the signatures are not on the line yet, so recruitings can shuffle somewhat. The website 247sports.com has FSU fifth in the nation. They have Miami 15th, Florida 19th, UCF 60th, USF 73rd, FIU 89th and FAU 95th. Rivals, has most…

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FSU comes from behind to beat Michigan in Orange Bowl

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FSU had blown it. They had the game won, and they had let it slip away. It was going to be a lousy finish for the Seminoles. And then it wasn’t. The Seminoles charged from behind with a memorable comeback to beat Michigan, 33-32, in Friday night’s Orange Bowl. FSU fell from ahead, then came from behind to win. Quarterback Deondre Francois, who had one of his roughest nights, hit Nyquan Murray for 12 yards and the winning touchdown with…

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Memories of Bobby Bowden: Much more than winning football games

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I recently was invited to a screening of “The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football.” That’s the upcoming movie about the life and career of legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden. The film will debut Jan. 8 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg as part of a celebration for the national college football championship game the following night in Tampa. If you like football, or you went to FSU, or you think Bobby Bowden is…

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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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Could FSU ride its momentum to win in Orange Bowl game?

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Before you convince yourself how big a favorite sixth-ranked Michigan is over FSU in Friday night’s Orange Bowl, perhaps you should re-consider the last month. You know, when FSU was 4-0. You know, when Michigan was 2-2. Perhaps more things than momentum will matter when the two clash. But FSU has played its best football, especially on defense. Michigan has played well, too, especially in a double-overtime loss to Ohio State, but still, the Wolverines have lost two games in…

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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher finds the rewards of staying in Tallahassee

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Turns out, not coaching at LSU is fairly lucrative. Just ask FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, who received a raise and a contract extension by staying home. FSU extended Fisher Monday, bumping his salary to $5.5 million and an extension through the 2024 football season. Fisher, whose name was mentioned with both LSU and Texas in the last month, will stick with his young talent with the Seminoles. Total guaranteed compensation over the length of the 8-year contract will reach $44.4 million.…

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