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UCF Knights fall just short in upset attempt against Tulsa

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A last-ditch effort by the UCF Knights fell by the wayside Saturday night, leaving the team short of an upset bid against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Milton Mack’s fourth-and-goal pass from the four fell incomplete with four minutes to play, leaving UCF on the wrong side of a 35-20 defeat. The Knights, one of the nation’s most improved teams, fell to 6-5 with the loss. UCF took an 8-0 lead on a 28-yard interception return by D.J. Killings. The game…

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Charleston Southern, already outmanned, to play shorthanded

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No one ever thought that Charleston Southern had more than a long shot of beating Florida State. Well, that shot just got longer. Charleston Southern admitted it has suspended several players for Saturday’s game. At one point, the estimate was 30-plus players, although now that figure is in the teens. The school says it has suspended 32, although 16 will sit out the FSU game. Either way, the difference between most major schools and the powerhouses is depth. The question…

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USF has chance for a big upset against No. 21 Temple

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So here’s the good news. In his quest for an eye-opening victory, USF coach Willie Taggart has a chance. If the Bulls could knock off 21st-ranked Temple, a team that has lost only to Notre Dame in a four-point game, that would be sure to catch some attention. It would be the Bulls’ first win over a ranked team since beating Notre Dame in 2011. The Owls are ranked for a reason. They lead the American Athletic Conference in defense,…

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Football flashback: Louisville upsets Florida State in rain

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Does the situation remind anyone of days gone by? FSU was undefeated back then, too. It was highly ranked. Its defense was shutting people down. And it lost to Louisville in overtime. Oops. It was Sept. 28, 2002, and the Seminoles waded into Louisville for a Thursday night game as the rain from Hurricane Isidore fell. FSU was ranked No. 4 in the nation. Louisville was off to a pedestrian start, losing to both Kentucky and Colorado State. Sports Illustrated…

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College flashback: A loss to Ole Miss becomes Florida’s edge

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In failure, greatness was born. Pretty much, that’s the story of the Florida–Ole Miss football rivalry. Consider they are both in the SEC, the Gators and Rebels don’t play that often. But they played in 2008, and the Rebels came off with a 31-30 stunner over a Florida team that had Tim Tebow, Percey Harvin, Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez. Who would have thought it? Florida came in ranked No. 4 in the nation. The Rebels were 2-2, and they had…

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