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Predictions: Clemson picked to slip past Florida State in close game

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Running back, check. Wide receiver, check. Placekicker, check. There are a lot of reasons why Florida State can believe it can pull off a victory Saturday night in Death Valley. The defense is pretty good. The quarterback is experienced. The coach is in the top handful in the country. Yet, there seems to be a consensus that the undefeated Tigers will win this one. There has been an air of underachievement to FSU this year, as if the sum doesn’t…

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The Predictions: Defense to lead Florida past Georgia in their rivalry

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As it turns out, Treon Harris might be the wise old man at quarterback in the Georgia-Florida game. Harris will start for the second straight game against the Bulldogs, which isn’t a lot of playing time. But it’s more than Faton Bauta, who internet reports say will lead the Bulldogs. No, really. Bauta is a junior who has been Georgia’s third team quarterback all season, although he has yet to throw a pass this year. In his career, he’s thrown…

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Fearless Forecast: Predicting a Florida defeat, an FSU victory

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At the moment that Treon Harris jogs toward the huddle, it is all on him. The game. The season. The future. This is his team now in the aftermath of the Will Grier suspension. This is his offense. And all those fresh doubts of the Gators? Those are his, too. It is up to Harris to keep the No. 8 team in the nation sailing. It is up to him to keep the wins coming. Ah, but Florida was a…

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College predictions: Florida isn’t ready to play the nation’s No. 3 team

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They aren’t there yet. Oh, Vernon Hargreaves is there. Jon Bullard is there. Alex McCalister is there. But not enough of the Florida Gators are to the level that coach Jim McElwain wants his team to be. Despite promise, quarterback Will Grier isn’t quite there yet. Running back Kelvin Taylor isn’t there yet. Receiver Antonio Callaway isn’t there yet. At least, they aren’t all the way there. Not enough to beat the nation’s No. 3 team in the Ole Miss…

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Gary Shelton’s picks: Florida, FSU, Miami favored in close games

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People love picks. Perhaps it’s because they want another perspective. Perhaps it’s because they want a bit of insight. Perhaps it’s so they can pick along, and do it better, and feel morally superior. Whatever the reason, prediction columns have always been popular. And let’s face it, there is a reason the gamblers all live in big houses. But now that the football season has cranked up, perhaps it’s time to join in. So strap on your seatbelt. Here we…

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Experts say FSU will be among the best teams in the nation

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At FSU, they would like to think that preseason prognostications mean a great deal. At Florida, not so much. It is the summer, and of course that means that everyone with a typewriter is prepared to tell you how your team will do. If that’s true, then it appears that FSU will be favored in every game it plays. The Florida Gators, in their first season under coach Jim McElwain, will be an underdog five times against a tougher schedule.…

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