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Could FSU ride its momentum to win in Orange Bowl game?

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Before you convince yourself how big a favorite sixth-ranked Michigan is over FSU in Friday night’s Orange Bowl, perhaps you should re-consider the last month. You know, when FSU was 4-0. You know, when Michigan was 2-2. Perhaps more things than momentum will matter when the two clash. But FSU has played its best football, especially on defense. Michigan has played well, too, especially in a double-overtime loss to Ohio State, but still, the Wolverines have lost two games in…

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15 good reasons to follow the college bowl season closely

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In college football, the stars are often the coaches. This year, however, there is reason to look to the field during the college bowl season. From the Las Vegas Bowl to the playoffs, there are players who will capture your attention.  From Alabama to Western Michigan, from FSU to Houston. A glimpse at the top 15 (and a tie): 1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville quarterback, Citrus Bowl: Jackson returns to his home state with a Heisman Trophy against a tough LSU…

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Michigan looks for another holiday in Florida in Orange Bowl

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A year ago, Michigan took out its frustrations on a Florida team in a Florida Bowl. Might it happen again? The Wolverines are a touchdown favorite to beat FSU in this season’s Orange Bowl. A year ago, Michigan won an easy game against Florida, 41-7, in the Citrus Bowl. The game could end up being a game of chase-the-quarterback. FSU leads in the nation in sacks, and Michigan is fourth. If you consider sacks-per-game, Michigan is second. The Wolverines are…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook not invited to Heisman Trophy presentation

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Run as he might, Dalvin Cook could never catch up to the Heisman Trophy Cook, FSU’s star running back, was not among the five players invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Those players included Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and receiver DeDe Westbrook. The latter two, teammates, might come as a surprise. The Heisman will be awarded Saturday night. Cook has scored 19 total touchdowns this season, and rushed for 1,620…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook wins Sunshine State Award once more

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One more time, Dalvin Cook. Cook wrapped up the regular season of his junior year – expected to be his last – in a big way Saturday night. Cook rushed for 153 yards against a tough Florida defense and scored his record-setting 45th touchdown. Once again, Cook is the Sunshine State Player of the Week. In three games against the Gators, Cook had 480 yards. Cook had solid competition for this week’s award, most notably from Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya.…

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One more time: Dalvin Cook leads FSU past Florida in rivalry

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The replay board at Doak-Campbell Stadium summed it up perfectly. “Thank you, Dalvin.” Behind Dalvin Cook, again, the FSU Seminoles beat the Florida Gators, again. This time, it was 30-14, and once again, Cook led the way. In three games, Cook has rushed for 480 yards against the Gators who, presumably, are all in favor of Cook jumping to the NFL. “You’re blessed to coach certain guys in your career,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “What a dad gum great football player.”…

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Can Dalvin Cook find space and other questions about FSU-Florida

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Five questions to ponder about the FSU-Florida game. Can the FSU Seminoles run on the Gators? We’ll see. So far, Florida State has played three teams – Louisville, N.C. State and Boston College – who rank higher against the run than the Gators, who are  20th in the country. But those are just numbers. When healthy, this is the toughest defense the Seminoles have played. The thing is, Florida isn’t completely healthy. But teams seem to play harder in their rivalry…

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