Thursday, January 18, 2018
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No. 14 Miami vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30, ESPNU, 1470-AM: The Hurricanes (4-0, 0-0 ACC) have won four in a row in the series. Extending that would probably cement them as the early favorite in the ACC's Coastal Division race. Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-1) probably needs a win to remain a viable contender in the Coastal; should the Yellow Jackets fall, not only would they have two ACC losses, but they would be to division rivals, with Virginia Tech the first of those.

UCF at Memphis, 4:30, 1350-AM: The Knights (3-1) make their American Athletic Conference debut after impressive performances against Penn State, a victory, and South Carolina, a narrow loss. The Tigers (1-2) also are opening conference play. Memphis' Paxton Lynch has completed 50 of 77 passes for 494 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in his first three career starts.

FAMU at Morgan State, 1: Both teams have struggled for success this season and are looking for a spark. The Rattlers are 1-3. Morgan State is 0-5, 0-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. This is FAMU's opener in the MEAC.

Bethune-Cookman at Delaware State, 2: The Wildcats (3-1, 0-0 MEAC) are back playing I-AA opponents after Florida State had a big game against them two weeks ago. They should have an easier time with Delaware State (1-3, 0-1).

Fla. Atlantic at UAB, 3: Owls sophomore CB D'Joun Smith has three interceptions to lead C-USA and tie for fourth nationally. Blazers junior K Ty Long was named C-USA special teams player of the week after hitting three field goals at Vanderbilt, which made him 24-for-24 on kicks of 40 yards or fewer at UAB (1-3, 0-0 C-USA). FAU is 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the league.

Fla. International at Southern Miss, 4: Through four games, 22 players have made their first career starts for the Golden Panthers (0-4). Southern Miss (0-4) has used 11 true freshmen, including five who have started. This is the C-USA opener for both.

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Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night. The Blue Devils scored 15 in six po...
Published: 01/15/18

Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it’s very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field."I’ll probab...
Published: 01/15/18
Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — Joel Lanning has the unique distinction of being listed as an "LB/QB" on the West roster for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.And while the former Iowa State star spent the entire practice at middle linebacker Mond...
Published: 01/15/18
Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football who for decades weaved backwoods wit through Saturday afternoon ABC broadcasts, died Friday night. He was 89.In a 52-year broadcasting career, Mr. Jackson covered a wide variety of sports for radio ...
Published: 01/13/18
No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State squandered a double-digit halftime lead for the second straight game. This time, it was able to overcome that.The 23rd-ranked Seminoles scored the first six in the second overtime to propel them to a 101-90 victory over Sy...
Published: 01/13/18

Florida manhandled in paint by Ole Miss for first SEC loss

OXFORD, Miss. — Florida came into its matchup focused on stopping a talented group of Ole Miss guards.But it was the play of the frontcourt that did in the Gators on Saturday afternoon.Bruce Stevens scored 22, Deandre Burnett added 20 and Mississippi...
Published: 01/13/18
South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received a new six-year, $28.2 million contract after a nine-win season that culminated with a victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Muschamp’s contract was approved Friday by the school’s boar...
Published: 01/12/18
Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

We’ve been a little busy lately.What with Dirk Koetter staying and Evan Longoria going. We’ve been distracted by UCF and amazed by Alabama. There has been Jon Gruden news and what is shaping up to be a very special season for the Lightning.With all t...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha, Neb. — his fourth city in a week — to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football ...
Published: 01/11/18
Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach of all-time.The current Alabama run — five titles in nine seasons — belongs at the top of any dynasty in the history of the sport. To do what Bama has done in this day and age of parity is remarkableS...
Published: 01/09/18