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Friends to foes: Jimbo Fisher, Nick Saban square off in marquee matchup

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Andrew Whitworth saw the competitive streaks of Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher firsthand as an offensive lineman at LSU when Fisher’s offense would go against Saban and the defense. Fisher roamed the sideline with Saban for five years, working as Saban’s offensive coordinator in Baton Rouge. Now, for the first time in their careers, they square off as head coaches when Fisher’s third-ranked Seminoles take on Saban and top-ranked Alabama in Atlanta.

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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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Florida State’s Jacques Patrick taking reigns as lead running back

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Jacques Patrick spent the past two years observing and learning from Dalvin Cook at Florida State. With Cook leaving for the NFL, Patrick is looking to put those lessons to good use. Patrick has shown during the first two weeks of preseason practices that he’s ready to take over as the Seminoles’ lead running back, despite two other highly-touted recruits pressing for playing time.

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Jimbo Fisher says FSU ‘better be ready’ for Alabama

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was asked Thursday if he’s ready for the regular season opener against perennial power Alabama on Sept. 2 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. “I scheduled it, so I better be ready for it,” the fast-talking Fisher said with a laugh. While he wouldn’t want to do it every year, Fisher said it’s a great way to kickoff the college season and believes the game will be a measuring stick for his team. The…

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SEC faces strong challenges as college football’s top dog

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When LSU’s Ed Orgeron matter of factly declared the SEC as “the best conference in the United States,” he was mostly preaching to the choir in the league’s backyard. But the Southeastern Conference’s once-undisputed status as college football’s top league is facing strong challenges from both the ACC and Big Ten despite Alabama’s best efforts.

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Florida State RB Dalvin Cook entices Vikes to ‘take a swing’

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After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t want to wait any longer. Dalvin Cook was still available, the kind of dynamic running back Minnesota drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go. The Vikings traded up seven spots to the 41st overall pick Friday night and snagged Cook, the Florida State star whose stellar college career came with off-the-field questions. They sent one of their fourth-round selections to Cincinnati to move ahead in the second…

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One week out from NFL Draft, Dalvin Cook’s stock is dropping

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With the NFL Draft only one week away, former Florida State star Dalvin Cook has gone from arguably the best back in the draft to possibly falling to the second round. After an underwhelming result at the NFL Scouting Combine, Cook’s stock appears to be dropping. Before the Combine, Cook himself made the case the he was the best running back in the draft. The critics came out soon after, and Cook was no better than the third rated running…

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