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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Oklahoma upset; Miami over FSU, finally

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Four of the top five teams in the country kicked off their games at noon Eastern on Saturday, which suggests that all were expected to roll. No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 Penn State and No. 5 Georgia all did just that. Then there was No. 3 Oklahoma. The Sooners and Iowa State provided some early drama and the first really big upset of the season. Then No. 13 Miami and Florida State played another classic, with the Hurricanes finally getting some…

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Will Grier transfers from Florida to West Virginia

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Former Florida Gator quarterback Will Grier has transferred to West Virginia University. He’s under a 12-month suspension for taking a banned substance. Grier was a major reason the Gators got off to a 6-0 start in the 2015 season. He threw for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns with only three interceptions before he failed a drug test in October. The Gator offense struggled mightily thereafter, managing to split their final eight games, 4-4. They lost their final three games by…

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Jim McElwain should be in the hunt for national Coach of the Year

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Except for the most  indefatigable optimists who root for the Florida Gators, who really thought they would be 9-1 and on their way to the SEC Championship Game? Be honest. There is at least one person who believed it could be done, and that is Coach Jim McElwain. Publicly, he can say all of the right things about believing, but down deep he had to be focusing on building his program for the long haul. Give him this, he knew…

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Fewer top 25 matchups dot college football schedule

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Last week gave us several key matchups in college football. This week has a limited menu, but some are clearly worth watching. One game gaining a great deal of national attention is No. 8 Florida traveling to No. 6 LSU for a 7 p.m. matchup on ESPN. This game would have normally attracted fan and media interest just because it’s the SEC, but the suspension of burgeoning star quarterback Will Grier adds even more intrigue. Odds makers have installed the…

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Gators take a wild ride in AP Top 25

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Ohio State maintained its position at the top of the AP Top 25 poll despite an unexpectedly close game against Indiana, while TCU moved into second after yet another huge offensive performance. The biggest story involves the state of Florida. Once conference play begins, one SEC team seems to rocket up the AP Top 25 poll each week following an impressive win against a conference foe. This week’s collection of astronauts is the Florida Gators who vaulted from Number 25…

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Week 5 college football by the numbers

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Some remarkable individual achievements solidified the status of some of college football’s greatest stars. Some were necessary to assure their team of a victory. Others provide fun things to talk about. Here are just a few of those performances: 255 – Number of points scored this year by the Baylor Bears in 4 games, an average of 64 points. Their closest game was Saturday, a 63-35 romp over Texas Tech in their Big 12 Conference opener. 243 – Yards rushing…

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Gators, Vols extend several streaks during classic matchup

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The Florida Gators are seemingly all about streaks. Last week, they handled the Kentucky Wildcats for the 29th consecutive time. On Saturday, the Gators scored an improbable 28-27 victory against the Tennessee Volunteers by overcoming a 13-point fourth quarter lead. The victory extended Florida’s streak of beating Tennessee to 11 and their season-opening winning streak to four. To achieve win number 11, another streak had to continue. With 1:26 remaining, Florida had the ball on their own 37 yard line facing…

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