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Clemson stays No. 1 in college playoff rankings; Florida 11th, FSU 16th

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Clemson maintained their position at the top of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings for the second consecutive week. Clemson’s hard-fought 23-13 victory over Florida State impressed the committee enough to keep them at No. 1. The Seminoles performance, while a losing effort, allowed them to stay at No. 16 Alabama’s impressive 30-16 victory over former No. 2 LSU was enough to jump them to the second position. Ohio State stayed in the third spot, while Notre Dame jumped to…

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Clemson takes top spot in AP Top 25; Florida stays at 11, FSU at 19

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For the first time this season, someone other than the Ohio State Buckeyes sit atop the AP Top 25 poll. The Clemson Tigers, after their hard-fought, 23-13 victory over Florida State, jumped two spots to claim the Number 1 position. Florida’s unimpressive 9-7 victory over Vanderbilt meant the Gators could do no better than remain at last week’s No. 11 spot. Florida State fell only two positions to number 19 following their loss at Clemson. Ohio State’s casual 28-14 win…

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Tar Heels’ record half, underperforming LSU and other interesting stats from this weekend’s college football

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This week’s college football action had some surprises and near misses. Some of the best performances were on defense, but there were plenty of offensive numbers to talk about. Here are just a few… 404 – Passing yards by No. 21 North Carolina QB Marquise Williams at halftime of the Tar Heels’ 66-31 smashing of arch-rival Duke. Williams finished the game with 494 yards and 4 touchdown passes, while rushing for another. 216 – Receiving yards by No. 2 Baylor’s…

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Gators survive behind unlikely hero

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The Florida Gators are headed to the SEC Championship Game. Austin Hardin’s career-long 43-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining sent Florida past Vanderbilt, 9-7. Going into Saturday’s game, few thought the troubled Gator kicking game would prove to be the difference. Most expected Florida to play their way into the title game for the first time since 2009. They almost played their way out of it. After trailing at the half, 7-6, the Gators managed all of four first downs…

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CFP rankings: Tide rolls while Gators & FSU still in playoff hunt

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For those in the chorus that sings about SEC bias in punditry and polling, you have some sheet music before you. The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are now out and if the playoffs were to begin today, two Southeastern Conference teams would be among the four playing for a championship. The on again, off again, on again romance between college football pollsters and Alabama is back on again. After a fall from grace prompted by a home loss to…

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Gators stay at 11; FSU remains 17th in AP Top 25 poll

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Fans looking at this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll might think they are viewing last week’s poll. For the most part, they would be correct. The same teams in the top 20 this week are the same teams in last week’s top 20. There was only a slight shuffling among those teams. Notre Dame moves up to Number 8 from Number 9, switching places with Stanford. Both teams won narrow victories on the road Saturday night against Number 23…

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Gators pick dental student as backup kicker

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A dental student has filled Florida’s open kicker spot. The 11th-ranked Gators announced Friday that Neil MacInnes will serve as the team’s backup Saturday against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia in Jacksonville. Austin Hardin, who has been dealing with a leg injury, is expected to be available to handle kicking duties. MacInnes, a senior studying to be a dental ceramist, was one of 216 students who responded to an open call after Florida lost Jorge Powell to a season-ending knee injury…

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