Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Matt Baker’s takeaways from Florida State-Virginia Tech

Special teams mastermind Frank Beamer had to appreciate the Hokies' blocked punt return for a touchdown late in the first half. Beamer Ball lives on at Virginia Tech.

A crazy stat from ESPN's Chris Fallica: The last time Miami and FSU both opened 0-1 was 1975. Both should get wins this weekend, but their Oct. 6 meeting at Hard Rock Stadium has lost some sizzle.

It'll get lost in the final score, but QB Deondre Francois looked decent in his return from a knee injury. The problem is that he spent most of the game running for his life against a Hokies defense that was wrecked by offseason attrition. His three interceptions were costly, too.

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Jimbo vs. Saban (again), CCC alum Jeff Smith starring and more national nuggets

Jimbo vs. Saban (again), CCC alum Jeff Smith starring and more national nuggets

Local of the weekBoston College WR Jeff Smith (Clearwater Central Catholic)After recording the first 100-yard game of his career last week, Smith could be in for another big showing against a bad Purdue pass defense. He'll try to help the No. 23 Eagl...
Published: 09/21/18
Willie Taggart inherited a rough offensive line situation that has gotten even worse

Willie Taggart inherited a rough offensive line situation that has gotten even worse

Take your pick of ugly stats or stories about how bad Florida State's offensive line is. Like how only three teams in the nation have allowed more tackles for a loss than FSU (27). Or how one of the most talented running back units in the country ran...
Published: 09/17/18
Willie Taggart can save himself against Syracuse (again) and more state tidbits

Willie Taggart can save himself against Syracuse (again) and more state tidbits

Willie Taggart saved his career three years ago against Syracuse.Perhaps another game against the Orange will salvage his first season at Florida State.His Seminoles have struggled through a 1-1 start that includes a 21-point blowout loss to Virginia...
Published: 09/14/18
Syracuse’s Dino Babers: FSU offense ‘ready to explode on somebody’

Syracuse’s Dino Babers: FSU offense ‘ready to explode on somebody’

Even though Florida State has struggled in the first two games of the Willie Taggart era, Syracuse coach Dino Babers is concerned about what he'll be facing Saturday."Obviously Willie is known for his offense," Babers said Wednesday on the ACC coache...
Published: 09/12/18
From Bandits to Seminoles, Burt Reynolds left a rich Tampa sports legacy

From Bandits to Seminoles, Burt Reynolds left a rich Tampa sports legacy

Although Burt Reynolds is sure to be remembered on a national scale as one of acting’s leading men in the 1970s, longtime residents will surely remember him for his ties to sports — both in Tampa and across the state.Reynolds, who died Thursday at ag...
Published: 09/07/18
Jimbo Fisher vs. Dabo Swinney (again) and more college football nuggets

Jimbo Fisher vs. Dabo Swinney (again) and more college football nuggets

It's all about the coaches when Clemson's Dabo Swinney and former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher meet for the ninth time:Clemson coach Dabo SwinneyHead-to-head wins: 4National titles: 1BCS/College Football Playoff appearances: 3Conference titles: 4Winning pe...
Published: 09/07/18
Willie Taggart skeptical of Virginia Tech’s ‘injuries’

Willie Taggart skeptical of Virginia Tech’s ‘injuries’

While the Willie Taggart honeymoon may be over — or at least winding down — in Tallahassee, FSU's new coach still has fans rallying around him in one regard.Many undoubtedly share his skepticism over Virginia Tech's plethora of ...
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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What does FSU’s loss say about Willie Taggart’s readiness?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What does FSU’s loss say about Willie Taggart’s readiness?

Times sports columnist Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud on today's episode to discuss Florida State's  loss to Virginia Tech. What does it say about Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart's readiness for the job?Plus, which Florida school did best ...
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A tepid Taggart debut may mean a long season ahead for FSU

A tepid Taggart debut may mean a long season ahead for FSU

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida fan could not have drawn it up any better.The Willie Taggart Era has begun at Florida State. Whether it is the Willie Taggart Error is the question at hand."Tough loss," Taggart said late Monday night. "Not what any of u...
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Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: A new No. 1 team, and what to do with Miami and UCF

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: A new No. 1 team, and what to do with Miami and UCF

Preseason rankings are hard, because no one has done anything.Rankings after Week 1 might be harder, because some teams have earned very good wins while others ain't played nobody.So here's the compromise I came up with for my AP Top 25 ballot: I put...
Updated one month ago