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Downtrodden Florida football teams making comebacks

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For the most part, Florida football fans — both college and pro — have not had a lot to cheer about in recent years. Lately, however, football fans around the state have had some reason to cheer on both Saturday and Sunday. Unless one was a Florida State fan, supporters of Florida’s teams had to be satisfied with an occasional strong performance. The Seminoles have been a championship contender over the past five seasons. It has been a tough go…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Clemson, OSU escape; ‘Bama bashes Vols

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The college football season reached its midway point, with a chance for some major movement at the top of the rankings. Instead No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson survived in overtime and Alabama left no doubt who is No. 1 Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 7: 1. Ohio State has now won 20 straight road games , or every road game Urban Meyer has coached the Buckeyes. 2. On Wisconsin’s last play of overtime, the Buckeyes rushed…

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Hurricanes blow away Appalachian State

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Many thought the Miami Hurricanes were walking into a trap at Appalachian State’s Kid Brewer Stadium on Saturday. After a near miss loss at No. 15 Tennessee in their first game, the Mountaineers were the upset special from some analysts. The Hurricanes quickly and decisively demonstrated the folly of such prognostications as they rolled to a 45-10 romp in Boone, North Carolina. On Miami’s first play from scrimmage, Mark Walton took the handoff from Brad Kaaya and rumbled 80 yards…

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Florida should extend their streak of wins over Kentucky

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Someday, Kentucky will beat Florida. Just not Saturday. Someday, the streak will end, and all the Wildcats of the Bluegrass State will celebrate as one. Someday, the most lopsided matchup in college football will reverse itself, and Florida will have a night when bad things keep happening. Intellectually, we know this. Nothing lasts forever. But, goodness, when it comes to the Wildcats, the Gators are close. Florida has won 29 straight contests between the schools, some of them close, some…

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Florida schools well represented in AP Top 25 pre-season poll

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The college football season is clearly just around the corner with the release of AP’s pre-season top 25 poll. To the surprise of no one, Alabama leads the pack, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, and LSU. Florida came in at No. 25 while Miami just missed at the 26th spot. The South Florida Bulls earned some votes to receive honorable mention. Coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide had 33 first-place votes while Clemson garnered 16, Oklahoma had four, Florida State collected five,…

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If football coaches ran higher education: trust, mentoring, ‘Chomp! Chomp!’

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If Florida’s top college football coaches actually ran Florida’s universities, life mentoring would begin the moment a student arrived and not end for years after he left. As that student makes his way from high school to finding his place in college, someone  would be there to help. As that student strives to understand what might be important in life, someone would be there to help. And as that graduate finds himself, perhaps years down the road, struggling to find his way in the…

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Gators lead Florida schools with 7 draft picks

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The NFL Draft concluded on Saturday. From the top pick of California’s Jared Goff by the Rams, to Southern Mississippi’s Kalan Reed by Tennessee, 253 players were chosen over the three days. The final selection is traditionally crowned “Mr. Irrelevant.” The draft is a time where schools other than traditional football powers send along top quality professional talent. Harvard, Minnesota, Indiana, William & Mary and many others have high draft choices or multiple players heading to the pro ranks. This…

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