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Idle Florida teams move up in AP Top 25

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Florida State and Florida are the two state schools still standing in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. Both teams were idle over the weekend, but moved ahead one spot each to 12th and 14th, respectively. Miami fell out of the top 25 following their big loss at Virginia Tech on Thursday, their third straight. The Hokies earned enough support to be ranked 25th, one week after falling out of the poll because of an embarrassing loss to Syracuse. South…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Clemson, OSU escape; ‘Bama bashes Vols

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The college football season reached its midway point, with a chance for some major movement at the top of the rankings. Instead No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson survived in overtime and Alabama left no doubt who is No. 1 Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 7: 1. Ohio State has now won 20 straight road games , or every road game Urban Meyer has coached the Buckeyes. 2. On Wisconsin’s last play of overtime, the Buckeyes rushed…

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Two huge college football showdowns on tap Saturday

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Saturday’s college football schedule is short on marquee matchups and high-stakes showdowns. Of course, the Florida teams have important games on Saturday, but outside of the state, only two games are generating national interest. Even casual fans are pointing toward the huge showdown at Clemson between the fifth-ranked Tigers and the third-ranked Louisville Cardinals. This is the ABC prime-time game for good reason. Not that long ago, the winner of the FSU-Clemson game was a virtual lock for representing the…

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No change at top of AP Top 25; FSU 12th, Miami 14th, UF 23rd

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While the top seven teams remained in place, other movement highlights this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville remained the top three teams, but Tennessee vaulted over Florida State after the Volunteers’ 38-28 victory over Florida. Some analysts felt Tennessee’s win would send them into the top 10, but they came in at No. 11, just behind Washington. Florida State’s 55-35 win on the road against South Florida moved them up one spot to No.…

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Multiple Heisman hopefuls take the field Saturday in Louisville

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Talking about the Heisman Trophy in September is like talking about baseball’s MVP in May. Some may remember George Steinbrenner’s dig at former Yankee and current Hall of Fame member Dave Winfield when he referred to him as “Mr. May.” But that doesn’t stop the pundits from rating the contenders after the first two weeks of the season. For Florida State fans, there’s a justifiable reason for taking a peek at some of them. Before the season began, most thought…

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Grand Opening: College football begins with marquee games

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Now this is the way to start the college football season. The usual steady stream of games from Thursday through Monday night this year includes four matchups of ranked teams and six more ranked teams facing Power Five opposition, four of those away from home. In some cases, regardless of the quality of the competition, the names alone scream big-time college football game. Alabama vs. USC. Texas vs. Notre Dame. Since the NFL moved the start of its season to…

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Clemson tries to stop a talented, motivated Alabama

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Tonight’s contenders for college football’s national championship, top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, have proud histories of success with their respective programs. Combined, they have won 15 previous championships. OK, Alabama has 14 of those, but number 15 should not come easy, if at all, tonight. The odds makers list the Crimson Tide as a touchdown favorite, but that will only motivate Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. “We’re not the favorites, but we’re no damn underdog” he roared to…

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