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USF Bulls 2-0, but need to get better

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The good news is the University of South Florida Bulls are 2-0 to start the 2017 season. The better news is they can play much better. Saturday’s 31-17 win at Raymond James Stadium over unheralded Stony Brook was not a thing of beauty, but early in the season a win is a win. Whether it was a matter of taking the Seawolves lightly, or the opponent came to play, or both, the 19th-ranked Bulls will need to engage upcoming opponents…

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Judge rips USF coach Charlie Strong for behavior of players

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A judge presiding over the first appearance of a South Florida football player charged with sexual battery not only had harsh words for the athlete in court, but questioned whether new coach Charlie Strong is a good fit for the program. Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor of Hillsborough County told defensive end LaDarrius Jackson during a hearing Wednesday that she is a USF graduate who is “embarrassed and ashamed” in the wake of two separate arrests involving members of the team…

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Top 25 takeaways: A committee quandary and a Heisman slip

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Ohio State and Penn State are setting up for quite the potential problem for the College Football Playoff selection committee. The second-ranked Buckeyes and No. 8 Nittany Lions each won Saturday, sending Penn State to the Big Ten championship game as East Division winners and Ohio State into wait-and-see mode. Both teams look playoff worthy for now. The other race that changed on rivalry Saturday was the one for the Heisman Trophy. And, oh, Texas and LSU hired new coaches,…

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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State survives, Pac 12 title up for grabs

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No. 2 Ohio State took care of its business (AP) — barely – before Michigan week, and No. 21 Florida settled some SEC business in Death Valley. Week 12 of the season set the stage for some high stakes games in Week 13 and very well might have ended any drama about what will happen next in Austin, Texas. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from the rarest of Saturdays in college football: One that included a Kansas victory. 1. Weekly Charlie…

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Texas Coach Charlie Strong’s future bleak after Kansas loss

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Texas coach Charlie Strong walked slowly off the turf at Memorial Stadium, swimming upstream against thousands of Kansas fans trying to join the jubilant celebration at midfield. His wife was weeping outside the Longhorns’ locker room. His boss walked by with nothing to say. The Longhorns’ 24-21 overtime loss to lowly Kansas on Saturday may have been the final blow to Strong’s fragile tenure in Austin. Even if he coaches in next week’s regular-season finale against TCU, few believe he…

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Top 25 takeaways: after 3 unbeatens go down, what now?

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The announcement was made in Husky Stadium and the sellout crowd at the Washington-USC game roared. Pittsburgh 43, Clemson 42. It is safe to say that never before has an ACC score made a Seattle crowd so excited. Then Washington went out and lost, too. And Michigan followed up with a loss at Iowa and just like that there were three College Football Playoff-shaking results on a Saturday when all the top contenders were big favorites. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Texas A&M falls; ‘Bama blanks LSU

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Mississippi State’s upset of Texas A&M just a few days after the first College Football Playoff rankings was a good reminder: When it comes to the selection committee’s top 25, “controversies” often don’t last long. The Aggies were a surprising fourth ahead of unbeaten Washington in the first CFP rankings, but they won’t be in that spot anymore. Fans will have to find something new to complain about on Tuesday – which probably won’t be too tough. Week 10 featured…

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