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College roundup: FSU’s offense comes to play against Louisville

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It was supposed to be the legs of Leonard Fournette that was going to make the difference. Instead, it was the skinny legs of Trent Domingue that was the downfall of the eighth-ranked Florida Gators. Florida lost a 35-28 game in Baton Rouge when LSU faked a field goal, and Dominique took a lateral, bottled it, and then ran into the end zone. Fournette rushed for 180 yards, 100 of it in the first half when Florida’s defense was at…

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College roundup: Cook leads FSU in narrow victory over Miami

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Is that hamstring well enough for you? Dalvin Cook, questioned all week because the health of his left leg, passed all tests Saturday night as he ran past the University of Miami. The Seminoles sputtered at times, and they trailed in the fourth period, but they played well enough for a 29-24 victory. Cook ran for 222 yards and scored three times — a 72-yard run, a 36-yard reception and the winning score, a 23-yard run. At one point, he…

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Gary Shelton’s predictions: Tennessee should end 10-year streak

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Is the University of Florida defense good enough to be an equalizer? We may see Saturday, when the Gators play host to the University of Tennessee Vols, who hope a potent offense can be enough to put enough points on the boards to end a 10-game losing streak. All along, Florida has looked to be a more experienced, more cohesive defense to be the difference maker, as it was in last week’s 14-9 victory over Kentucky. The Gators, with Vernon…

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10 Questions: Is the Swamp still an advantage for the Gators?

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Key questions for the upcoming college football schedule: Can the Gators make it 11 in a row over Tennessee? It’ll be difficult. If Tennessee didn’t let Oklahoma off the ropes, the Vols would be unbeaten. According to Jeff Sagarin’s power ratings, the Vols are the 21st best team in the country. Florida is 38th. But the Gators’ defense is good enough to keep Florida in the game, even against the explosiveness of quarterback Joshua Dobbs. How good is the Florida…

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FIU’s Alex McGough wins first Sunshine Player of Week

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He is not one of the big boys. He does not play in one of the big stadiums. But the size of his team’s victory was big enough that Florida International’s Alex McGough is the season’s first Sunshine State Player of the Week. McGough hit 29 of 38 for 260 yards to lead FIU to a 15-14 victory over Central Florida to win the honor. With his team trailing by 11 at the half, he led them to touchdowns on…

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Florida’s ban on educational travel to Cuba stays in place

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The Florida Board of Governors says the state’s ban on educational travel to Cuba will stay in place until the U.S. and Cuba re-establish full diplomatic relations. The Miami Herald reports that the board overseeing the State University System recently told Florida International University that once diplomatic relations are restored, requests “to conduct scholarly activities located in Cuba” will follow the standard approval process. The board cited a state law forbidding any institution receiving state funds from traveling to “any country…

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