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Top 25 takeaways: after 3 unbeatens go down, what now?

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The announcement was made in Husky Stadium and the sellout crowd at the Washington-USC game roared. Pittsburgh 43, Clemson 42. It is safe to say that never before has an ACC score made a Seattle crowd so excited. Then Washington went out and lost, too. And Michigan followed up with a loss at Iowa and just like that there were three College Football Playoff-shaking results on a Saturday when all the top contenders were big favorites. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways…

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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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CFP rankings: Tide rolls while Gators & FSU still in playoff hunt

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For those in the chorus that sings about SEC bias in punditry and polling, you have some sheet music before you. The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are now out and if the playoffs were to begin today, two Southeastern Conference teams would be among the four playing for a championship. The on again, off again, on again romance between college football pollsters and Alabama is back on again. After a fall from grace prompted by a home loss to…

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FSU tumbles in AP Top 25; Gators climb while idle

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Florida State’s shocking 22-16 loss to Georgia Tech cost the Seminoles 8 spots in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. FSU dropped to No. 17 following the loss in which the offense again struggled. The Seminoles will try to start the climb back up the rankings on Saturday when Syracuse comes to Doak Campbell Stadium. The following Saturday, they travel to play Clemson, now ranked Number 3 after the Tigers’ historic 58-0 wipeout of Miami. The Florida Gators picked up…

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Week 6 college football by the numbers

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A memorable game occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, but several individual and team performances were also worthy of mention. Here, by the numbers, are just a few. 712 – Passing yards allowed by Florida State’s defensive unit over the last two games against Miami and Louisville; both wins, but a cause for concern for the near future (see the next item). Louisville’s freshman QB Lamar Jackson threw for 307 in the Cardinals’ 41-21 loss to FSU. 532 –…

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Week 6 College Football by the numbers

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Saturday brought out several top performances in college football. Here are just a few. 1,022 – Rushing yards piled up this season by LSU’s Leonard Fournette. The Heisman Trophy hopeful added 159 on Saturday against South Carolina in the Tigers’ 45-24 win over South Carolina. He faces his stiffest challenge on Saturday when Florida comes to town. 405—Passing yards piled up by Miami’s Brad Kaaya in the Hurricanes’ narrow 29-24 loss on the road to Number 12 Florida State. Kaaya…

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Week four college football by the numbers

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The biggest news in Florida was the Gators comeback win over Tennessee to keep their winning streak alive against the Vols at 11. Some other newsworthy games and corresponding numbers occurred throughout the country. 244 – Yards rushing by Number 8 LSU’s Heisman contender Leonard Fournette in the Tigers’ 34-24 victory at Syracuse. He became the first LSU runner to tally consecutive 200-yard rushing games in the program’s storied history. Another 87-yard romp was called back by penalty. 143 –…

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