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TRIO OF DEFENSIVE STARTERS FOR UF MIGHT NOT PLAY

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Florida could be without three defensive starters tonight against Mississippi State: linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive tackles Jaye Howard and Lawrence Marsh. Spikes reinjured his left groin last week against Arkansas and sat out much of the game. The Razorbacks ran for 133 yards and finished with 357 overall, the most against the Gators this season. Howard and Marsh have a sore knee and ankle, respectively. If they don't play, the Gators will rely on Omar Hunter, Bradenton's Terron Sanders, Brandon Antwine and Troy Epps.

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Hoosiers pony up for 'The General'

Private donors to Indiana are paying former men's basketball coach Bob Knight $75,000 to settle a lawsuit against the school. Knight alleged he was not given adequate legal counsel by the school after he settled out of court with one of his assistant coaches, Ron Felling, whom he allegedly shoved during an altercation in 1999. Knight, fired by Indiana in 2000, paid Felling $25,000 to end the litigation. Knight later sued Indiana over the incident.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Which NFL fine from Week 6 seems out of place?

$7,500

Chargers linebacker Larry English for a horse-collar tackle

$10,000

Titans safety Chris Hope for a roughing-the-passer penalty

$10,000

Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco for his chin strap being black instead of the required white

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QUOTABLE

"I think one poll got it right. ... If you watch football and pay attention, I don't think there's any doubt who the No. 1 team is. Alabama has a great team - very well-coached, extremely talented, great special teams, great on offense, great on defense."

Lane Kiffin, Tennessee football coach comparing his opponent today, No. 1 Alabama, with No. 2 Florida, which beat the Vols 23-13

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