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Miami seeks to end long bowl losing streak in Russell Athletic Bowl

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The Russell Athletic Bowl, one of three to be played in Orlando, features two well-known football programs. The five-time national champion Miami Hurricanes of the ACC, will face the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big 12, ranked 14th in the number of all-time victories in major college football. The 2016 Hurricanes can be entertaining, but do not resemble the speedy – and brash – teams that won five titles between 1983 and 2001. Miami fans will swear to this day…

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Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly says he’ll “absolutely” be back next year

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is confident he will be back next year after the Fighting Irish wrapped up a disappointing season with a blowout loss at Southern California on Saturday. Kelly won at least eight games in each of his first six seasons, but the Irish finished 4-8 this season, culminating in a 45-27 loss to the No. 12 Trojans. Kelly scrapped his usual late-November itinerary of recruiting in California after facing the Trojans to return to South Bend,…

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Both Miami, Notre Dame try to turn the clock back in their game

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Once, they led the nation in lore. When you talk about Notre Dame, you talk about legends. You talk about the Four Horsemen and the Gipper and Touchdown Jesus. You talk about Knute and Rudy and Ara. Once, they led the nation in nasty. When you talk about Miami, you talk about swagger. Jerome Brown and Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis. It’s about Jimmie and Butch and Bennie Blades. Saturday, two teams who want what they used to have try…

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Grand Opening: College football begins with marquee games

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Now this is the way to start the college football season. The usual steady stream of games from Thursday through Monday night this year includes four matchups of ranked teams and six more ranked teams facing Power Five opposition, four of those away from home. In some cases, regardless of the quality of the competition, the names alone scream big-time college football game. Alabama vs. USC. Texas vs. Notre Dame. Since the NFL moved the start of its season to…

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Seminoles football to appear on all-access Showtime series

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Florida State will be featured on this season’s all-access football series on Showtime. The premium cable channel announced Tuesday that “A Season with Florida State Football” will debut on Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. EST. That is the night after the Seminoles season opener against Mississippi in Orlando. Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president of Showtime Sports, said Florida State was one of the programs they were considering last year before deciding on Notre Dame. This year the network was…

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Leonard Hamilton, Florida State looks to snap 5-game losing streak

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Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said he has an extra boost of energy after receiving a two-year contract extension earlier in the week even though the Seminoles are in the midst of their longest losing streak in nine years. “Anytime your administration shows confidence you are pleased,” Hamilton said. “We’ve taken a step back and had some challenges that we didn’t expect to happen but I know we can get this done.” The Seminoles (16-12, 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) are…

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Ohio State looks as though it belongs in playoffs this year, too

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Defending national champion Ohio State finished its season looking as if it should have been a contender again. The Buckeyes drilled Notre Dame, 44-28, in Friday’s Fiesta Bowl. Star running back Ezekial Elliot rushed for 149 yards and four scores to lead Ohio State, which led 28-14 at the half and coasted. Quarterback J.T. Barrett added 211 yards passing and another touchdown. For Notre Dame, DeShone Kizer threw for 284 yards and two scores. Will Fuller caught six passes for…

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