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Gators take a wild ride in AP Top 25

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Ohio State maintained its position at the top of the AP Top 25 poll despite an unexpectedly close game against Indiana, while TCU moved into second after yet another huge offensive performance. The biggest story involves the state of Florida. Once conference play begins, one SEC team seems to rocket up the AP Top 25 poll each week following an impressive win against a conference foe. This week’s collection of astronauts is the Florida Gators who vaulted from Number 25…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.28.15 — USF’s wandering eye

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Happy Monday/General Assembly Day at the UN, everyone. Lots of things were happening over the weekend, but let’s transition into the working week by applauding the University of Florida Gators for its miraculous comeback victory over Tennessee, 28-27, early Saturday night in Gainesville. The victory puts UF in the  Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in two years. Both FSU and USF took the week off. The Bulls return this Friday night to action, hosting Memphis at Raymond James…

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Gators join AP Top 25; Florida State drops while idle

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For the first time in two years, the Florida Gators are back in the AP 25. Following their thrilling 28-27 come from behind win over Tennessee, Coach Jim McElwain’s Gators slid into the Number 25 slot. In a week where Southeastern Conference teams otherwise made little to no movement, Florida vaulted from the “also receiving votes” group into the rankings. The Gators are one of 6 SEC schools represented in the Top 25, including Mississippi State, who also jumped into…

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Gators, Vols extend several streaks during classic matchup

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The Florida Gators are seemingly all about streaks. Last week, they handled the Kentucky Wildcats for the 29th consecutive time. On Saturday, the Gators scored an improbable 28-27 victory against the Tennessee Volunteers by overcoming a 13-point fourth quarter lead. The victory extended Florida’s streak of beating Tennessee to 11 and their season-opening winning streak to four. To achieve win number 11, another streak had to continue. With 1:26 remaining, Florida had the ball on their own 37 yard line facing…

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Gators and Vols rivalry still fun, but significance is diminished

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With Florida State and Miami enjoying a bye week, the Florida Gators receive added attention as they host the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. Despite the rebuilding still going on at both schools, it is a rivalry game that still attracts national attention. There was a time not that long ago when the winner of this game was the odds-on favorite to represent the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference in the SEC Championship Game. Unfortunately for the Vols, the Gators…

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Florida’s diversity includes loyalties to sports teams

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According to a recent poll, a plurality of Floridians back U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Not his candidacy for president, but his allegiance to the University of Florida Gators. Rubio made headlines when he jokingly categorized Florida State as a fallback school for those not gaining entry into UF. Florida State backers, including President John Thrasher, were quick to respond. The PPP Poll revealed that 23 percent of those responding are loyal to the Gators, while 18 percent identified the Seminoles…

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FAMU is the feel-good story of the NCAA Tournament

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The NCAA baseball tournament begins this week at 16 regional sites around the country. Among the hosts are traditional baseball powers Miami and Florida State. The Hurricanes are the number five national seed. The Florida Gators have hosted a regional or two in their time and this year is no exception. Florida is the number four national seed. All four teams in the Gainesville regional are from Florida with the Florida Atlantic Owls, South Florida Bulls and Florida A&M Rattlers…

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