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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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Gators vault to 13th in AP Top 25; Seminoles up to 15th

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Voters in the Associated Press Top 25 poll were impressed by Florida’s unexpected win at LSU on Saturday. The Gators’ 16-10 victory fueled their surge from the 21st position to No. 13 in this week’s poll. The Gators climbed over four teams who won on Saturday, including Florida State. The Seminoles moved up from the 17th to the 15th slot following their impressive 45-14 win at Syracuse. Florida will travel to Tallahassee Saturday to face the Seminoles. Alabama was again a unanimous selection…

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Hurricanes end losing streak with convincing win over Pitt

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No Miami team over the last 40 years had lost five straight games. Thanks to Saturday’s 51-28 win over Pittsburgh at Hard Rock Stadium, the Hurricanes made sure that inglorious statistic would not apply to this year’s team. After four consecutive losses, Miami came into Saturday’s game as a four-point favorite to end the streak. Thanks to a balanced offense and some key defensive plays, they got the job done. Quarterback Brad Kaaya had a huge game, throwing for 356…

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Gators enter top 10 in AP poll; Seminoles 19th

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The Florida Gators have crashed the top 10 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Following their 24-10 victory over rival Georgia on Saturday, Florida (6-1) climbed four positions to come in at No. 10,  their highest ranking of the year. Florida State (5-3), after their heartbreaking 37-34 loss to No. 3 Clemson, fell seven spots to come in at No. 19. A victory would have seen the Seminoles firmly ensconced within the top 10. As it stands, Florida…

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Hurricanes’ comeback goes for naught as they fall to Notre Dame

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By the end of the first quarter of Saturday’s game between Miami and Notre Dame, few could have imagined the game could come down to the final play. That is exactly what happened with Notre Dame making that final play and coming away with a 30-27 victory over the Hurricanes in South Bend, Ind. The Irish jumped on Miami quickly, taking a 17-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The lead stretched to 20-0 before the Hurricanes got…

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Virginia Tech hands Hurricanes their third straight loss

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The Miami Hurricanes are officially in a funk. On Thursday night they were routed by the Virginia Tech Hokies, 37-16 in Blacksburg, Va. Miami has either not recovered from the disappointing home loss to Florida State two weeks ago, or perhaps their competition in the first four games did not provide a stern enough test. Perhaps Coach Mark Richt and his staff felt the program’s turnaround might be ahead of schedule. The domination suffered by the Hurricanes on Thursday shows…

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AP Top 25: ‘Noles, Gators in top 15; ‘Canes out

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Both Florida State and Florida moved up in this week’s AP Top 25, while the Miami Hurricanes fell out of the rankings. The Seminoles climbed one spot to No. 13, while the Gators moved up three spots to claim the No. 15 ranking. Miami’s loss to North Carolina, their second straight defeat, dropped them out of the poll after reaching as high as number 10 just two weeks ago. Another Florida team is making some noise. The South Florida Bulls,…

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