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Florida Gators face tough challenge of rebuilding stout defense

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When coach Jim McElwain took over at Florida, he inherited one of the Southeastern Conference’s stingiest defenses. The unit got even better during McElwain’s first two seasons in Gainesville. The Gators finished eighth in yards allowed in 2015 and fifth last year, no question the main reason they played for back-to-back conference championships.

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Florida State-Florida rivalry returns to national relevance

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The Florida State-Florida rivalry is nationally relevant again. It has championship implications, big-time bowl possibilities and maybe even a Heisman Trophy contender. It hasn’t been that way very often since 2000. And when the No. 14 Seminoles play at the 10th-ranked Gators on Saturday night, it will be just the third time in the last 15 years that both teams enter the in-state matchup ranked in the top 15. With so much at stake, it raises the intensity in a…

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