Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Colleges

USF Bulls QB B.J. Daniels close to milestone

USF senior QB B.J. Daniels needs 38 yards of total offense today to reach 10,000 for his career, becoming just the third Big East player to do so. Daniels passed Louisville's Brian Brohm and Syracuse's Donovan McNabb last week, and he is on pace to pass West Virginia's Pat White (10,529) and USF's Matt Grothe (10,875), the leader, by the end of the year.

With a strong game today, Daniels could take second on USF's all-time total offense list — he needs 382 yards to move past Marquel Blackwell (1999-2002). One more milestone — Daniels' next touchdown pass ties him with Grothe for second place on USF's career list with 52; Blackwell's record of 67 is likely out of reach.

Pretty in pink

USF will have pink accents — cleats, gloves, wristbands, sleeves — on its all-green uniforms today in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Surprising Duke hopes to test Seminoles

For 17 years, the words "good" and "Duke football" weren't used much in the same sentence.

The Blue Devils had losing records each of those years and were so bad in four of them that they couldn't even win a game. During that span, they also had two one-win seasons and maxed out with a lone five-win year.

Many of Duke's losses those years were to FSU. The Seminoles are 17-0 all-time against the Blue Devils.

But before the No. 12 Seminoles (7-1, 4-1 ACC) can ease into next week's bye, they have to get by an unexpectedly hot, tough-to-beat and bowl-eligible Duke (6-2, 3-1) team tonight.

"We realize that if we screw up this week, that bye week's not going to be nearly as sweet. It's not going to matter, rest or no rest," Seminoles K Dustin Hopkins said. "We realize the importance of this game and how good Duke has actually become."

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

A showdown of past and present

No. 5 Notre Dame will try to get to 8-0 for the first time in 10 years and stay in the thick of the national championship dialogue when it plays tonight at No. 8 Oklahoma. The Sooners will try to stay on the fringes of the race and firm up their status as one of the top one-loss teams in the country.

It's the first meeting between the tradition-rich programs since the Irish won 34-30 in South Bend in 1999, Bob Stoops' first year as Oklahoma's coach. Notre Dame hasn't played in Norman since 1966.

The Sooners' only win in the nine-game series came in 1956, during the school's NCAA-record 47-game winning streak. The Irish snapped that streak the following year in Norman.

Five things

1. In the preseason, current No. 3 Florida was 23rd, No. 4 Kansas State 22nd and No. 5 Notre Dame 26th. Two other unbeatens, No. 7 Oregon State and No. 13 Mississippi State, received one combined preseason vote.

2. Mississippi State's SEC wins were against Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee, which are a combined 0-14 in the conference.

3. Auburn's 1-6 start is its worst since it was 1-7 in 1952.

4. For the first time, Alabama is No. 1 for an eighth straight week. Bear Bryant's teams were first for seven in a row twice (1979 and '80).

5. The only other time Oregon and Oregon State were both in the top seven was the final poll in 2000.

For the love of money

Georgia's student newspaper, the Red & Black, published a full-page ad Friday of Gator trash talk, paid for by Florida supporters, supposedly. (Could it be a Mark Richt ploy?) As you can guess, UGA students and fans weren't happy. The paper's response on Twitter: "Pick up a newspaper today on campus. If you need to put some duct tape over the paid advertisement endorsing Fla., we understand."

Information from the Associated Press and Philadelphia Daily News was used in this report.

   
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