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UF will be honoring the late Mr. Two Bits before Saturday’s home opener against Tennessee-Martin.
Mr. Two Bits' George Edmondson cheers on fans at a pep rally Jan 7, 2007, in downtown Scottsdale, Ariz., as the Gators prepared to take on Ohio State for the national title. [Times]
Published Sep. 6

Two Bits tribute

Florida will honor the late George Edmondson —Mr. Two Bits — before its home opener against Tennessee-Martin. His family will lead the Two Bits cheer that made him a Gators legend as they celebrate the memory of the longtime Tampa resident, who died in July.

New-look Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech’s transition from the triple option resulted in 137 passing yards last week in a blowout loss to Clemson. The Yellow Jackets topped that mark only twice last season. Once was against USF. Among the receivers the Bulls will try to stop is Jefferson High alumnus Ahmarean Brown, who became the first true freshman receiver to catch a Week 1 touchdown for Georgia Tech since Kerry Watkins in 1999.

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Runaway in Boca Raton?

No. 18 UCF is a quick-strike team that blew out overmatched Florida A&M 62-0 last week. Florida Atlantic fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter against Ohio State. Unless Lane Kiffin knows something we don’t, it’s hard to see his Owls keeping up with the Knights.

Cam can

Florida State running back Cam Akers (3) carries for first down during the second half of last week's loss to Boise State. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

Cam Akers was one of Florida State’s bright spots in last week’s loss to Boise State. His 116-yard performance gave him a pair of 100-yard outings in his last three games. Expect him to do it again against a Louisiana-Monroe defense that ranks No. 123 nationally in yards per carry allowed (6.57).

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By the numbers

28 — Plays of 10-plus yards FSU allowed to Boise State. That’s tied with Houston (which played Oklahoma) for most in the nation

481-135 —Combined score of Tennessee-Martin’s nine previous games against the SEC (all losses)

16 —Consecutive wins for Clemson, which is tied for the fourth longest streak in ACC history

1978 —The last time Miami started 0-2, which it would do with a loss at North Carolina

3 —Non-offensive touchdowns scored last week by Nebraska, which might want to add some traditional touchdowns in their first matchup with Colorado since 2009

183-48-15 — Ohio State’s all-time record against Ohio teams

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