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The Predictions: Miami to break streak against Florida State

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The skeptics are out there. Despite a 4-0 start, a lot of people still aren’t sold on the Miami Hurricanes, who have beaten FAMU, FAU and Appalachian State (plus Georgia Tech). Now, against a wounded FSU team, we’ll see just how far the Canes have come. Miami does have an impressive offense with quarterback Brad Kaaya and running backs Joe Yearby and Mark Walton. That’s a challenge for an FSU defense that has struggled against opponents’ quarterbacks all season. Dalvin…

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The predictions: FSU to beat USF; Vols picked over Gators

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USF is the undefeated one. USF is the high-scoring one. USF is the one at home. But, really, does USF have a shot to beat No. 13 FSU? Oh, the Bulls have some talent, and as such, they have a puncher’s chance. But FSU has most of the highly-ranked recruits, and they have Dalvin Cook, and they’re in a fairly nasty mood after last week’s drubbing by Louisville. Odds are, it will be much like last year’s game. It will…

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Predictions: FSU to outlast a talented Louisville opponent

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Your first question is this: Can Louisville beat FSU? Yes. Your second question is this: Will Louisville beat FSU? No. Oh, it’ll be close. I wouldn’t be surprised if Louisville, behind the marvelous Lamar Jackson, led in the fourth quarter. But FSU is too solid across the board, even with star safety Derwin James out. The FSU defensive line is solid. Dalvin Cook is a star. Deondre Francois can make plays. But FSU has to play well, or the fast-break…

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Florida should extend their streak of wins over Kentucky

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Someday, Kentucky will beat Florida. Just not Saturday. Someday, the streak will end, and all the Wildcats of the Bluegrass State will celebrate as one. Someday, the most lopsided matchup in college football will reverse itself, and Florida will have a night when bad things keep happening. Intellectually, we know this. Nothing lasts forever. But, goodness, when it comes to the Wildcats, the Gators are close. Florida has won 29 straight contests between the schools, some of them close, some…

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The predictions: FSU will get past Florida behind Dalvin Cook

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How do you measure a rivalry? Is it the stakes of the game? If so, Florida and FSU and their battle for top 10 status counts. Is it the curled lip that the fan of one program feels toward another? In that case, USF vs. UCF qualifies. Either way, the emotions are sure to be high when those teams meet on rivalry weekend. FSU at Florida The Gators are ranked higher in this rivalry, and they’re at home. But it…

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Predictions: USF should outlast Cincinnati for 7th win

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Pressure is being a first-year quarterback trying to lead a turnaround. Pressure is being a second-year tailback, trying to gain 1,000 yards again. Pressure is being a defense having to face FSU, Memphis, Navy, Temple and Cincinnati. Yes, and pressure is being a head coach with his job on the line, off to a 1-3 start when a bowl game is expected. No one cared anymore that the program was in a mess when he got here. No one was…

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Predictions: FSU will win behind return to Everett Golson

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The FSU Seminoles will return to the guidance of quarterback Everett Golson Saturday, but will it be enough to be past the pesky North Carolina State Wolfpack? Golson has sat out for two weeks while backup Sean Maguire has played. Coach Jimbo Fisher said that the Clemson loss was not because of Maguire, but that Maguire could have played better. “This is no knock on Sean,” Fisher said. “Were there plays he could have made? Yes. Were there plays in…

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