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Alabama, SEC trying to climb back to college football summit

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Alabama and the Southeastern Conference are trying to climb back atop the college football mountain.

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Gators look to write new CWS history in Game 1

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The College World Series finals begin Monday night featuring two teams from the same conference, but two distinctly different histories in Omaha. The SEC regular season co-champion LSU Tigers, gunning for their 7th national crown, face the co-champion Florida Gators, who are looking for their first national title. For the first 40 years of the college baseball championship round, the Tigers were a non-factor. The first champion was crowned in 1947, but LSU did not reach the CWS until 1986.…

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Saturday college sports action features high stakes matchups

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Plenty of Florida college sports is on tap throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Many of the games come with high stakes. The Florida Gators will play in the SEC semi-finals on Saturday against Arkansas. The top-seeded Gators will face the fourth-seeded Razorbacks in the second game of the day in Hoover, Ala. Second seed LSU meets 11th-seeded South Carolina in the first game at 1:00 p.m. Florida reached the semi-finals after an incredible rally against Mississippi State. The Gators trailed…

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Florida schools mostly do well in latest APR scores

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The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures are in for the 2015-2016 school year with some good news and not-so-good news for some Florida schools. We learn from the APR that women’s tennis teams in particular, and female athletes in general, constitute the best performing college students. The NCAA fully explains the methodology. Three Florida Gator programs earned perfect scores (men’s and women’s tennis along with women’s golf.) Ever Gator program scored at least 970. “In athletics, we keep score,…

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Despite horrible weekend, ACC still basketball’s best league

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ACC fans, or supporters of schools outside of the SEC, often grumble about the “best conference by far” tag often given to the SEC by football pundits. Each time an SEC team loses a bowl game or a head-to-head matchup with one of the outsiders, the derision often follows. Conversely, SEC basketball fans, or supporters of other power conferences outside of the ACC, are equally uncertain that conference is that much better than the others. The ACC put eight teams…

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USF crashes AP Top 25; Seminoles 12th, Gators 15th

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For the first time in several weeks, three Florida teams are in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Florida and Florida State have been included every week, but now the South Florida Bulls have joined the club. USF is the 24th ranked team in the country according to AP. With Saturday’s victory over Central Florida, the Bulls finished the season at 10-2. The 10 wins are the most in a season in USF history and the Bulls are ranked in…

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ACC teams on a roll vs. SEC in state rivalry showdowns

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to see the ACC continue its two-year run of dominance in state rivalry games against teams from the SEC. Atlantic Coast Conference teams are 7-1 against Southeastern Conference teams from the same state the last two years. That includes a 4-0 sweep in 2014 of the state rivalries that will be renewed on Saturday: Clemson-South Carolina, Louisville-Kentucky, Georgia Tech-Georgia and Florida State-Florida. “Best of luck to all those guys competing against the SEC,” Watson said…

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