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ESPN writers predict bowl spots for FSU, Florida, USF, UCF

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The guesswork has begun as to where your favorite college team will go bowling. Hint: If you pull for a team from Florida, it won’t be in the playoffs. ESPN had its two college writers — Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy — outline each of the bowl games. Both writers have the playoff teams the same: Alabama vs. Washington in the Peach Bowl and Clemson vs. Michigan in the Fiesta. Schlabach has Alabama playing Michigan in the title game, while McMurphy has…

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UCF Knights scare Houston, but lose to a big comeback by Cougars

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The improvement of the UCF Knights was evident for the first half Saturday. The distance yet to travel was clear in the second. The Houston Cougars scored 28 straight points in the second half, taking a 31-24 comeback win over the UCF Knights. The Cougars outgained Central Florida by more than 200 yards (398-195) in taking the win. Greg Ward Jr. threw for 240 yards in the comeback. UCF freshman McKenzie Milton threw for only 155 with two interceptions. Central…

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Freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton leading UCF turnaround

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Like his program, he is young and improving. Like his program, he has a little bit of style. In a way, McKenzie Milton is much like the Central Florida Knights, who have earned a second look this season. Milton, an 18-year-old freshman, is suddenly the fresh new face on campus, a quarterback who has led UCF from the ranks of the winless to a team that is 4-3 with bowl aspirations. Saturday night, against UConn, Milton threw for 317 yards…

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Is UCF’s Scott Frost the American Conference coach of the year?

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University of Central Florida coach Scott Frost took another step toward Coach of the Year in the American Conference Saturday afternoon. The Knights, one year off a 0-12 season, improved their record to 4-3 with a 24-16 victory over UConn. UConn moved to the UCF 31 late in the game, but the Knights stopped them on four downs to win. Frost has infused the Knights with new energy and new direction. For UCF, the challenge will be hanging onto him…

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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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Independent Senate candidates angry, fired up over exclusion from UCF debate

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In the midst of the rallying college students and others at the U.S. Senate Debate at UCF came marching a man dressed in military garb, carrying an American flag and flanked by three men in dark suits. It was third-party Senate candidate Bruce Nathan. “My goal is to be noticed,” he told FloridaPolitics.com. “No-Party Affiliated candidates are never seen. I’m making a point. I drove two and a half hours to be here.” He claimed the polls showing favorable votes…

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Rally outside U.S. Senate debate at UCF gleefully energized against both candidates

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To passers-by at the political rally on the green courtyard outside the Fairwinds Alumni building at UCF, where a U.S. Senate debate was to happen later that night, both U.S. Senate candidates must have sounded bad. Patrick Murphy‘s detractors called him privileged and said his record was among the least effective in Congress, so how could he be trusted with a higher seat? Marco Rubio‘s detractors said it was time for him to go due to his poor attendance record and opposition…

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