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Rays’ Chris Archer thinks his team will surprise some people

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Outside the clubhouse, there is new synthetic turf and old banners. There are questions and skeptics. Inside, there is hope and promise and optimism. Two days short of Opening Day, why wouldn’t there be? Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays stands in front of his locker, and he expresses his belief in a team that many think is bound for the AL East Cellar. Archer believes. Someone has to, right? “I think we’re super-talented,” said Archer, who will start Sunday…

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Baseball Prospectus sees the Tampa Bay Rays improving to second

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The Tampa Bay Rays may be facing a turnaround year. At least, that’s what the people at Baseball Prospectus believe. According the PECOTA rankings, the Rays should improve to be the second-ranked team in the AL East. They should tie the Texas Rangers for the wild-card spot with 84 wins. It was the kind of turnaround prediction that is sure to make manager Kevin Cash happy. That might sound a bit lofty when you compare it to last year’s 68-win…

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Despite Gators’ shortcomings, it’s still the FSU-Florida rivalry

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Even though the Gators are missing seven defensive starters, it’s FSU-Florida. Even though the Gators are ranked only 102nd in the nation, it’s FSU-Florida. Even though FSU has won three straight, and five of the last six, it’s FSU-Florida. There are a lot of reasons to believe this won’t be a close game. Despite a disappointing season, FSU has Dalvin Cook and Deondre Francois. Demarcus Walker is second in the nation in sacks. Tavaris McFadden is first in interceptions. But…

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The Predictions: LSU’s running game aims at Florida’s defense

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Most of the time, Florida’s defense has been excellent. Most of the time, they’ve swarmed runners and draped receivers and put the heat on quarterbacks. Most of the time, they’ve led the way to victory. Most of the time. But not always. Florida’s defense was exploited in the second half of the Tennessee game, and throughout the game against Arkansas. That’s enough for questions as the Gators travel to LSU for their rescheduled game Saturday. The Gators are third nationally,…

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The Predictions: Florida might get a glimpse at future QBs

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This time, the noise isn’t about the coach who is coming back. It’s about the quarterbacks who are here. Yeah, yeah. So Will Muschamp is coming back to Gainesville. Big deal. Muschamp wasn’t especially popular when he worked here. For Florida, the bigger question is about quarterback Luke Del Rio, who will miss Saturday’s game against South Carolina. In his place is backup Austin Appleby. But what has the Gator faithful interested is the possibility of freshmen Feleipe Franks and…

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The Predictions: Deshaun Watson will lead Clemson past FSU

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For two weeks, the FSU defense has been solid. For two weeks, opponents have found the game as difficult as ever. Ah, but if you are an FSU fan, you remember. You remember quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Chad Kelly and Quinton Flowers and Mitch Trubisky. You remember teams constantly kicking extra points. And now comes Deshaun Watson of Clemson. Yikes. Watson, one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy, has guided Clemson to a 7-0 record and the No.…

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The Predictions: USF to face a trap game against Temple

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For USF, this is the kind of game you can trip over. Temple (4-3) is a decent team. The game is in Philadelphia. And USF has won big, but in its first halves recently, it hasn’t been gangbusters. Temple’s defense (16th nationally) is good enough to keep the game close. So, as they sit on the outskirts of the top 25, are the 6-1 Bulls ripe for the plucking? Oh, USF is as explosive as ever with quarterback Quinton Flowers…

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