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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. Jaren Mangham and the rest of the USF Bulls face a must-win game against Temple.
  2. An on-campus stadium would help USF's push to join a Power Five league. We saw that with this round of conference realignment.
  3. Berkeley Prep will be facing superstar recruit Arch Manning (yes, of the Manning family) on Friday night in a nationally televised game.
  4. Florida Atlantic coach Willie Taggart will be coaching against USF soon as the Owls prepare to join the AAC.
  5. Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen and his program are headed the wrong way after a third consecutive loss to LSU.
  6. Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson might start for the Gators against Georgia. Or not. Coach Dan Mullen isn't saying.
  7. Jaren Mangham and his USF teammates suffered their most painful loss of the Jeff Scott era Saturday.
  8. Sincere McCormick and the UTSA Roadrunners are the latest addition to our AP voter's top 25 ballot.
  9. Florida safety Tre'Vez Johnson and the rest of the Gators will probably be unranked this week. Just like every other team in the state.
  10. The Florida Gators spent most of Saturday trying, and failing, to run down LSU's Tyrion Davis-Price.
  11. Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson didn't exactly put Gators' fans at ease with his response to a question Saturday.
  12. The Florida Gators couldn't stop LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price on Saturday.
  13. LSU celebrated a win over the Florida Gators last year in Gainesville thanks to an infamous blunder.
  14. Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin will make his return to Tennessee for the first time as a head coach this weekend. Get your popcorn ready.
  15. LSU Cade York beat the Florida Gators on a last-minute field goal that was one of the weirdest moments of a weird series.
  16. LSU quarterback Max Johnson, the son of the Bucs' Super Bowl 37 champion Brad Johnson, played well in his first career start last year at Florida.
  17. LSU offensive lineman Liam Shanahan, No. 56, worked as a groundskeeper at Fenway Park.
  18. Florida coach Dan Mullen and his Gators are entering a crucial stretch, just like USF and Miami.
  19. The Florida Gators thought everything was in the bag against LSU last year. They were wrong.
  20. Florida State wide receiver Ontaria Wilson and the Seminoles have beaten North Carolina in back-to-back years.
  21. Texas A&M's win over Alabama caused some movement on our AP top 25 ballot.
  22. Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen was unhappy with his team's performance in the first half of Saturday's lopsided win over Vanderbilt.
  23. USF quarterback Timmy McClain and the Bulls have winnable games coming up against Tulsa and Temple.