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South Florida awaits fate after routing Central Florida

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South Florida had a simple goal Thanksgiving Day: Win and wait. The Bulls won, routing Central Florida 44-3 Thursday for their seventh win in eight games and now they will wait to see if they can sneak into the American Athletic Conference championship game. USF (8-4, 6-2) needs UConn to beat Temple Saturday night to qualify for the first conference title game in school history. The six conference wins this season are a school record. “To be able to play…

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USF Bulls ride quarterback Quentin Flowers to win over UCF

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Quinton Flowers threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the USF Bulls finished their season strongly. USF beat the Central Florida Knights 44-3 Thursday night, their eighth win in their final nine games. UCF fell to 0-12. The Bulls were barely challenged by UCF after the Knights took a 3-0 lead. UCF ran for only 87 yards and threw for only 116 in the defeat. The Bulls had 455 yards of total offense compared to 203 for…

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USF’s Willie Taggart looks to finish off turnaround season

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His team was too young, and his schedule was too tough. USF coach Willie Taggart could deal with one of those problems, but could he deal with both. Fans were weary of hearing about what a mess he had inherited. USF had spent too much time as a team that was not essential. Fans were ready for signs of life. Yet, as Taggert started off 1-3, there were those who suggested that these were the same old Bulls. That they…

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10 Questions: Does Florida have enough firepower for FSU?

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Can the University of Florida find enough offensive sizzle to get past FSU? The Gators’ offense is stuck in a ditch, isn’t it? Twenty against FAU. Twenty-four against South Carolina. Nine against Vandy. It’s a testament to the Florida defense that it is a once-beaten team. Florida hasn’t scored more than 28 since the Ole Miss game. Florida’s offense has looked, frankly, like a boxer on the ropes for a month. FSU has too many playmakers for that to continue.…

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Today on Context Florida: Sen. Jeb Bush, Rick Scott & hospital regulations and academic librarians

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Today on Context Florida: As the prospects for President Jeb Bush fade, Jac VerSteeg says his fans should consider a fallback plan: U.S. Sen. Jeb Bush, R-Florida. That goal has many advantages. It allows Jeb to concentrate on a single state, and a state that knows him better than Iowa or New Hampshire. He has higher name recognition in Florida than any of the potential Republican or Democratic candidates, even though he has not stood for election in Florida since 2002.…

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College football roundup: Blocked field goal leads Tech to upset of FSU

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One of college football’s most memorable plays will be one of FSU’s most forgettable. A blocked kick returned 78  yards for the winning touchdown on the final play of the game doomed the Seminoles to a 22-16 loss to Georgia Tech Saturday night and put FSU on the outside of the college playoff looking in. Roberto Aguayo, who had never missed in the fourth quarter, was lining up for a game-winning field goal on the final play of the game.…

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10 Questions: Can Treon Harris keep Gators winning against LSU?

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Can Treon Harris keep the Gators rolling? The truth is that Florida was going to be an underdog against LSU in the best of circumstances. That’s okay, because the Gators were an underdog to Ole Miss and Missouri as well. But yeah, it hurts a team to lose its starting quarterback. Hey, Will Grier was starting for a reason. But Coach Jim McElwain pointed out repeatedly that Harris was close in the competition. It isn’t like the team goes from…

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