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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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USF’s huge July recruiting haul will bring dividends

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With the start of fall practice, the University of South Florida Bulls are looking forward to this season. Some key components, led by quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack, provide good reason for optimism. Football programs are always looking to build long-term stability based on recruiting. As the month of July began, Coach Willie Taggart had to be apprehensive about who would be following Flowers, Mack and others after they moved on. Just two weeks ago, USF had…

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USF to finish season in conference tournament

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Championship Week comes to Orlando as 10 members of the American Athletic Conference will fight for the conference tournament championship at the Amway Center. The tournament kicks off on Thursday. SMU is ineligible for post season play. Both Florida members will play on opening day. The first game pits the ninth-seeded USF Bulls against the No. 8 seed East Carolina Pirates. This game will be the second meeting between the two teams in the span of eight days. The Pirates…

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FSU likes Swamp; Tide’s Derrick Henry carries load

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Rivalry Week provided some close games, but also a number of lopsided scores. Florida State’s 27-2 victory over Florida was much more competitive than the final score would indicate. Here are a few of the numbers that stand out after Saturday’s games. 220 – Rushing yards by No. 14 North Carolina’s Elijah Hood in the Tar Heels’ 45-34 win over North Carolina State on Saturday. Hood also scored two touchdowns as North Carolina jumped on the Wolfpack, 35-7 by the…

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USF football coach declares Tampa’s Ybor City off-limits

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University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart has declared Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood off-limits for his team after the fatal stabbing of a former player. Former USF defensive lineman Elkino Watson, 23, died Sunday. Police said the stabbing happened after a fight early Sunday near a Ybor City nightclub. On Monday’s American Athletic Conference teleconference, Taggert said his players will “have to find other places to go have fun” instead of going to the historic entertainment district. “We’ve done…

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