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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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No. 15 Florida State earns second seed in ACC Tournament

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Florida State’s 66-57 victory over No. 25 Miami on Saturday gives the 15th-ranked Seminoles a double-bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and their first unbeaten home season in 41 years. But coach Leonard Hamilton wasn’t about to get philosophical. “We have to keep things in perspective,” Hamilton said. “We’re not done yet. We have a ways to go. We want to get as much out of this season that we can. Let’s go do some other things that will…

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Seminoles favored in Saturday matchup with North Carolina

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North Carolina (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at No. 12 Florida State (3-1, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Line: Florida State by 11. Series Record: Florida State leads 15-2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Both teams look to keep pace in their respective divisions as they face each other for the first time since 2010 (UNC won 37-35). The Tar Heels are tied with Virginia Tech atop the Coastal Division while the Seminoles, who dropped their conference opener to Louisville on Sept. 17, need a…

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By the numbers: Florida State-South Florida preview capsule

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No. 13 Florida State (2-1) at South Florida (3-0), Noon (ABC) Line: Florida State by 6. Series Record: Florida State leads 2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Florida State aims to bounce back from a 43-point loss to Louisville that cost the Seminoles the No. 2 ranking and maybe any shot they have of winding up in the College Football Playoff. South Florida, 3-0 for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, hopes to state its case on national television for wide…

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FSU focuses on problems ahead vs USF

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The last time Florida State lost a game by 30-plus points, it had an entire offseason to get over it. The Seminoles don’t have that luxury this time. Just about 48 hours after the 63-20 beating at Louisville , coach Jimbo Fisher was trying to move past being shell shock and address the glaring problems as his 13th-ranked Seminoles prepare for Saturday’s game at South Florida. “Ranting and raving and yelling isn’t going to do anything right now,” Fisher said,…

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FSU wins big over Charleston Southern despite not being sharp

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They won by 44 points. They had a short week to get ready. And still, FSU was a bit disappointed after its 52-8 victory over Charleston Southern Saturday. That says a great deal about the program and its expectations. FSU jumped to a 35-6 halftime lead over an outmanned Charleston Southern team – which suspended 14 players — 10 starters — for the game. Quarterback Deondre Francois hit 25 of 32 passes for 262 yards. Running back Dalvin Cook gained…

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FSU: Only clear bags now allowed into football stadium

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For Joan Crawford, it was wire hangers. For Florida State University, it’s bags that aren’t see through. FSU on Wednesday said it will allow only clear bags into Doak Campbell Stadium on game days. “The standard 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches bag size is still in place, but beginning this year, any bag being brought into (the) stadium must be clear plastic, PVC or vinyl,” according to a 2,400-word press release sent by the school. It’s an exhaustive list…

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