Monday, September 24, 2018
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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 Swinney

Head-to-head wins: 4

National titles: 1

BCS/College Football Playoff appearances: 3

Conference titles: 4

Winning percentage: .773 (102-30)

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher

Head-to-head wins: 4

National titles: 1

BCS/College Football Playoff appearances: 2

Conference titles: 3

Winning percentage: .785 (84-23)

Eye on the NFL draft

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel said he didn't know who Georgia DB Deandre Baker was. Weird, because NFL scouts should know plenty about the two potential first-round picks who could go head to head.

Upset watch?

Maybe not when the Gamecocks host Georgia. Will Muschamp is 1-5 against his alma mater (including 1-3 at UF). His two losses for South Carolina have both been by two scores. This one might be, too.

Locals of the week
Three Plant High defensive products could have big impacts in the state: Georgia Tech starting NT Kyle Cerge-Henderson, USF CB Mazzi Wilkins and Kentucky DB Derrick Baity. South Tampa will be watching.

Keystone Classic

The biggest thing to watch when Pitt hosts No. 13 Penn State is the Panthers' run game. Pitt is 13-3 under coach Pat Narduzzi when rushing for at least 200 yards (including a 42-39 win over the Nittany Lions two years ago). Penn State gave up 4.3 yards per carry last week against Appalachian State (No. 85 nationally).

Looking for Love

Stanford RB Bryce Love was quiet in the opener (29 yards on 18 carries). Expect more from the All-American this week. If USC can surrender 308 rushing yards to UNLV, Love should be in for a monster performance in the top-20 showdown.

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A win for what ails the Seminoles

A win for what ails the Seminoles

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Published: 09/22/18
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

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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...
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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...
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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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