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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]
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, 2019

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


  1. Auburn center Austin Wiley guards Florida forward Omar Payne during the first half of their game on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Gainesville. Payne, a freshman out of Montverde Academy, finishes with a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for his first double double in college. [MATT STAMEY  |  AP]
    Freshman Omar Payne has a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds as UF earns its most impressive victory of the season.
  2. Florida's Keyontae Johnson, shown here scoring against Arkansas in last season's SEC tournament, is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
    UF looks for an elite win Saturday at home, where it has won five in row, to help strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume.
  3. Florida guard Andrew Nembhard shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler during their game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville. [BRAD MCCLENNY  |  AP]
    Coach Mike White says his point guard missed practice Thursday and Friday. If he’s out, freshmen Tre Mann or Ques Glover likely will start Saturday.
  4. Todd Monken spent two seasons in Tampa Bay, the last as offensive coordinator, before being dismissed along with the rest of head coach Dirk Koetter's staff after the 2018 season.
    Tampa Bay’s former play-caller will be designing game plans for the Bulldogs against the Florida Gators next season.
  5. Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball during the Outback Bowl in January at Raymond James Stadium. (Times file)
    Antonio Callaway was a talented but troubled player for the Gators who didn’t last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
  6. Florida receiver Josh Hammond (18) on the field during practice for the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on Monday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Plus Plant High product Jake Fruhmorgen’s journey from Clemson to UF to Baylor to the East-West Shrine Game.
  7. From left, Florida's Andrew Nembhard, Kerry Blackshear and Noah Locke are key parts of a team that has had its ups and downs this season. Tuesday's rout of Mississippi gets the Gators back on track. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
    UF rebounds from a bad loss in Missouri with a big home victory.
  8. Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) gets emotional after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against Miami in the season opener. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
    The Florida Gators finished about where I thought. But about Willie Taggart’s job security ...
  9. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow holds the trophy after their win against Clemson in a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
    The Heisman Trophy winner becomes the first Division I-A quarterback to throw 60 touchdowns in a season.
  10. LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss celebrates after scoring during the first half of Monday night's national championship game against Clemson in New Orleans. [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
    LSU, of course, finished No. 1. But where did Matt Baker put the Florida Gators and UCF Knights?