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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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Defense leads UCF to win in Scott Frost’s debut

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From the moment he signed on as Central Florida’s new football coach, the talk about Scott Frost has been his high-speed offense. That was okay in Saturday night’s debut. It was the defense that really shined, however. The Knights won their opener, 38-0, over South Carolina State. After last year’s 0-11 results, the win was welcome. The fact that the program looks to be headed in a good direction was even better. UCF held South Carolina State to only 138…

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Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio’s start highlights schedule

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It’s the quarterback’s day. Nothing can change that. Today is all about Luke Del Rio, the new passer of the Florida Gators. He’s the guy who really counts. Oh, Mark Richt matters. He’s the new coach for the   UM Hurricanes. And Scott Frost matters. He’s the new guy at Central Florida. Marlon Mack matters for USF. But, really, it’s  Luke Del Rio’s day. They love their quarterbacks at Florida. That’s why three of them – Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim…

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Terrance Harris named AP sports, news reporter in Orlando

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Terrance Harris, a veteran sportswriter who has covered the NFL, NBA and college sports, including the Saints and Notre Dame, has been hired as a hybrid sports and news journalist for The Associated Press in Orlando, Florida. The appointment was announced Tuesday by South Sports Editor Oscar Dixon and interim South Editor Ravi Nessman. “Terrance is an experienced journalist with a track record of breaking news, producing multi-platform enterprise and has vast video experience after working for a digital-first news…

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UCF coach Scott Frost has nice first recruiting class for Knights

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Dredrick Snelson, a talented receiver from Fort Lauderdale, led the first recruiting class of new UCF coach Scott Frost Wednesday. Snelson, a one-time Minnesota commitment, preferred the Knights in the end. UCF also signed offensive lineman Aaron Dowdell and JuCo defensive end Chris Mulumba. For Frost, it was important to get off to a quick start as the UCF coach. The team finished 0-12 a year ago. Quarterback McMenzie Milton is in intriguing prospect. The website 247sports.com ranked UCF with…

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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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