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AP Top 25 takeaways: Clemson, OSU escape; ‘Bama bashes Vols

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The college football season reached its midway point, with a chance for some major movement at the top of the rankings. Instead No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson survived in overtime and Alabama left no doubt who is No. 1 Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 7: 1. Ohio State has now won 20 straight road games , or every road game Urban Meyer has coached the Buckeyes. 2. On Wisconsin’s last play of overtime, the Buckeyes rushed…

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FSU second half blitz dramatically changed the tone on social media

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Fourth-ranked Florida State was heading toward a once-in-a-generation defeat on Monday night. The eleventh-ranked Mississippi Rebels were laying a huge whuppin’ on FSU reminiscent of the 1988 season-opening debacle against Miami. The Seminoles were ranked as the pre-season number one that year and went to face the sixth-ranked Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl. After falling behind by 17 points at halftime, things got worse and Miami handed Florida State a humiliating 31-0 defeat. FSU trailed by 15 points at halftime…

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Florida State receiver gives jersey to autistic friend

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Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph reunited with Bo Paske on Monday before the fourth-ranked Seminoles face No. 11 Mississippi. Rudolph surprised Paske and his mother, Leah, by giving Bo a personalized Florida State jersey during an interview on ESPN at the team’s hotel. Rudolph befriended Paske, a sixth-grader with autism, during a visit last Tuesday to Tallahassee’s Montford Middle School when he ate lunch with Paske, who was sitting alone. A photo was taken by a school resource officer…

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Sean Maguire handles pressure in FSU’s win over Syracuse

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Each year at season’s end, players and coaches of successful teams will offer their assessments of the season just past. Whether it is before television cameras or audiences attending post season dinners, the message is similar. “This was a team effort,” they will say. “Every person on this roster contributed to our success.” Not many thought Sean Maguire would have the chance to make a vital contribution to Florida State’s success this season after Everett Golson was named the starting…

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No. 17 Florida State hopes to clean up mistakes versus Syracuse

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For the first time in three years Florida State returned to the practice field to begin preparing for an upcoming game coming off a regular-season loss. The challenge for coach Jimbo Fisher and the No. 17 Seminoles is to prevent the setback from having a negative snowball effect. Florida State’s 28-game Atlantic Coast Conference win streak was snapped with a 22-16 loss at Georgia Tech on Saturday. “You say you wish you could win them all, but that’s part of…

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FSU gets a kick (or two) out of Cason Beatty

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When the punter is awarded the game ball, your team either lost or struggled on offense, or both. Fortunately for Florida State, only one of the above was true as they managed to escape Alumni Stadium and the Boston College Eagles, 14-0. Teams normally celebrate when they gain yardage through the air in large chunks. The high-fives are lowered a bit when the player putting the ball in the air is the punter. Cason Beatty, FSU’s punter, quite simply had…

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