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Matt Baker - Colleges and Recruiting Reporter

Colleges and Recruiting Reporter

I love college football more than everything but my son, my wife and my dog, so I have the perfect job covering the sport for the Tampa Bay Times. Even though I grew up in a basketball state (Indiana) and graduated from a non-football power (Northwestern University), I’m fascinated by the game, the traditions and the pageantry. I joined the Times in July 2011 after stops at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader and Tulsa (Okla.) World. Since then, I’ve covered almost everything — high schools, the Bucs, the Rays, the Lightning and auto racing — before becoming a full-time college sports reporter before the 2015. When I’m not working, I’m usually on a run, chasing a toddler around and waiting for kickoff.

  1. Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis and the Seminoles are 4-1. Who would have predicted that in July?
  2. Florida State couldn't keep up with Wake Forest in the Seminoles' loss Saturday.
  3. Florida State coach Mike Norvell reacts after a Wake Forest touchdown in the first half Saturday in Tallahassee.
  4. USF football coach Jeff Scott said the Bulls have handled their trip to Fort Lauderdale well, all things considered.
  5. Florida State running back Lawrance Toafili, a Pinellas Park High product, and the rest of the Seminoles have a massive game this weekend against Wake Forest.
  6. Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis and the Seminoles are 4-0 with three big tests looming.
  7. USF coach Jeff Scott and the Bulls are still set to face East Carolina this weekend.
  8. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier takes calculated risks, like going for two late at Tennessee.
  9. Florida State fans can celebrate a Seminoles team that's off to a 4-0 start.
  10. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier is off to an 0-2 start in the SEC. That last happened at Florida in 1986.
  11. Lee Roy Selmon, left, and his brother, Dewey played for the Bucs and at Oklahoma. They're being honored by the Sooners with a statue to be unveiled this weekend.
  12. Florida Gators fans hope to have something to cheer for Saturday against Tennessee in Knoxville.
  13. Florida lineman Gervon Dexter and the rest of the Gators' defense will have to adjust to Tennessee's lightning-quick pace this weekend.
  14. Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson has four interceptions and zero touchdown passes this season.
  15. Lee Roy Selmon, center, and brother Dewey Selmon (right) starred at Oklahoma, as did brother Lucious. They're being honored with a statue the Sooners are unveiling this weekend.
  16. Florida State running back Treshaun Ward and the rest of the Seminoles have seen plenty of good and bad against Louisville.
  17. Arizona State's decisions to hire and retain Herm Edwards (until this weekend) rippled into Florida.
  18. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier learned UF's 2023 football schedule Tuesday.
  19. USF football fans may soon be cheering for the Bulls on campus.
  20. Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson has not yet thrown a touchdown pass this season.
  21. Florida State's win at Louisville moved the Seminoles onto Matt Baker's AP top 25 ballot.
  22. Florida Gators running back Montrell Johnson Jr. (2) scores a touchdown during the second quarter of Saturday's game against USF at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.
  23. USF's win over Clemson in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl was a turning point for Billy Napier's career.
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