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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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USF schedule gets tougher in September

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Following last week’s 56-20 rout of Towson, the South Florida Bulls move on to a tougher portion of their schedule. The Northern Illinois Huskies come to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday with an offense likely to test first-year Defensive Coordinator Raymond Woodie’s defensive unit. Over the last few seasons, Northern Illinois has risen to become one of the top mid-major teams. Florida State fans will remember NIU as their opponent in the 2013 Orange Bowl. The Huskies brought a perfect…

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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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Alabama, UF, FSU look to close recruiting season strong

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Looking at the big board ranking college football recruiting classes, seeing Alabama perched at No. 12 might give hope to fans of other programs. They might be slipping, right? Not exactly. Despite being ranked behind conference foes LSU, Ole Miss and Florida, Coach Nick Saban and his staff are poised for a big finish culminating on National Signing Day (NSD), Feb. 3. Among the Rivals.com top 10 high school players, four still remain uncommitted. One of those is linebacker Ben Davis, the No.…

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Year in Review: At dark moment, USF’s Bulls started turnaround season

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Willie Taggart was in trouble. His team had lost three out of four, and his freshman quarterback was playing like a freshman, and he didn’t need anyone to tell him that his seat was growing warmer. It didn’t matter that one of the losses had been to FSU from the ACC, and one of them to Maryland from the Big 10. The third loss had been a 17-10 loss to a strong Memphis team. USF had lost for years, through…

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Willie Taggart, Brandon Doughty had something to smile about on Monday

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For USF Coach Willie Taggart and Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty, Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl ended one phase of their career and began another. While only one of them could come away with a victory, each had something to be happy about. It was much easier for Doughty to be happy. He threw for more than a quarter mile in yards and three touchdowns in Western Kentucky’s 45-35 win over Taggart’s Bulls. Doughty has been happy since the Hilltoppers arrived…

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