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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State survives, Pac 12 title up for grabs

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No. 2 Ohio State took care of its business (AP) — barely – before Michigan week, and No. 21 Florida settled some SEC business in Death Valley. Week 12 of the season set the stage for some high stakes games in Week 13 and very well might have ended any drama about what will happen next in Austin, Texas. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from the rarest of Saturdays in college football: One that included a Kansas victory. 1. Weekly Charlie…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Vols run out of magic, Houston upset

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If the first six weeks of the college football season have taught fans anything, it’s this: Never turn off a Tennessee game. The Volunteers remained America’s most interesting college football team, though not undefeated. Navy upset the playoff race and Charlie Strong had another bad, bad day. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 6: 1. If you were looking forward to a couple of months of talking about whether No. 6 Houston could or should be selected for the College…

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UCF routed by Michigan, but shows some promise

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Not many outside the Central Florida players, coaches and die-hards thought the Knights would threaten the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan rolled to a 51-14 win at home on Saturday, but there are some positive takeaways for Knights’ Coach Scott Frost. The Wolverines piled up a 31-0 lead early in the second quarter and made Central Florida look bad in the process. Two fumbles, two blocked punts and a blocked field goal made the UCF faithful cringe and wonder how…

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UCF prepares for Frosty reception at Michigan’s Big House

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A lot happened between Dec. 4, 2014 and Sept. 3, 2016, the dates of the two most recent University of Central Florida football victories. The incomprehensible tragedy at the Pulse nightclub three months ago understandably makes the region forget the unimportant things like football games. But on that December day 21 months ago, the Knights edged the East Carolina Pirates, 32-30. They looked forward to their appearance in the St. Petersburg Bowl the day after Christmas. Few could have imagined…

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Jim McElwain should be in the hunt for national Coach of the Year

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Except for the most  indefatigable optimists who root for the Florida Gators, who really thought they would be 9-1 and on their way to the SEC Championship Game? Be honest. There is at least one person who believed it could be done, and that is Coach Jim McElwain. Publicly, he can say all of the right things about believing, but down deep he had to be focusing on building his program for the long haul. Give him this, he knew…

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Michigan punter’s miscue brings out the worst in people

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Quick question: How many know the name Blake O’Neill? For those who do not, here is a hint. In Ann Arbor, Mich., this young man has assumed a new middle name as of early Saturday evening. Blake ****ing O’Neill. That is the mild stuff. O’Neill is, of course, the Wolverines’ punter. He became an infamous celebrity when he mishandled a long snap, then turned the ball over to arch-rival Michigan State, who scored the winning touchdown as time expired. Over…

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Week 5 college football by the numbers

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Some remarkable individual achievements solidified the status of some of college football’s greatest stars. Some were necessary to assure their team of a victory. Others provide fun things to talk about. Here are just a few of those performances: 255 – Number of points scored this year by the Baylor Bears in 4 games, an average of 64 points. Their closest game was Saturday, a 63-35 romp over Texas Tech in their Big 12 Conference opener. 243 – Yards rushing…

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