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Playing Gators vs. LSU last Sunday better than current choices

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For those who think the Florida Gators wanted to use Hurricane Matthew as an excuse to avoid playing LSU last weekend, think again. Despite dealing with injuries, the Florida program would hotly deny they were reluctant to literally tackle the Tigers. Some pundits, and many in Tiger Nation, believe Florida’s actions reveal a fear of playing LSU right now. After all, LSU made two offers to play the game, including moving the game to their cozy confines. To his credit,…

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Leonard Fournette, LSU pummel Texas Tech

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For several weeks, many thought LSU’s Leonard Fournette would win the Heisman Trophy in 2015. He piled up impressive statistics, including a string of 200-yard rushing games, as the Tigers moved to as high as number 3 in the AP Top 25 poll. Then came the disaster against Alabama, when he was held to just 31 yards while Derrick Henry rumbled for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Henry took over as the Heisman favorite. On Tuesday, Fournette looked like the…

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Derrick Henry earned Heisman, but is trophy losing its luster?

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When the Heisman Trophy winner is announced each year, those who care either celebrate the winner or wonder why someone else was not chosen. There was some of that this year, but there were those who wondered why more non-winners were not invited to the ceremony on Saturday. Alabama’s Derrick Henry, as expected, was the winner in a reasonably close vote. However, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had legitimate statistics to be selected. So did a few…

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A new touchdown king crowned; Michigan, Notre Dame, FSU records broken

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Saturday’s college football action saw plenty of newsworthy accomplishments. While only three games featured ranked teams playing each other, unranked teams made spirited bids for upsets and produced heroic performances. An all-time NCAA record was established along with new records at two of college football’s most storied programs. Here are some of Saturday’s top accomplishments 307 – Rushing yards by Indiana against No. 14 Michigan in the Wolverines’ 48-41 double-overtime victory. Coming into the game, Michigan was the third-best defense…

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Jim McElwain should be in the hunt for national Coach of the Year

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Except for the most  indefatigable optimists who root for the Florida Gators, who really thought they would be 9-1 and on their way to the SEC Championship Game? Be honest. There is at least one person who believed it could be done, and that is Coach Jim McElwain. Publicly, he can say all of the right things about believing, but down deep he had to be focusing on building his program for the long haul. Give him this, he knew…

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Three matchups between ranked teams dot Saturday’s football schedule

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As the college football season enters the last quarter, some season-defining matchups loom, including rivalry games. This week is not one of the most exciting overall, but at least three quality matchups loom. No. 2 Alabama heads to Starkville to take on No. 17 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs look to knock Alabama out of the national championship picture while throwing the SEC Western Division into total chaos. A victory by Alabama would leave them in the driver’s seat. The size…

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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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