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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

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. Florida coach Dan Mullen watches his team take the field for pregame warmups before facing Georgia at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on Nov. 2. The recruiting class so far for the Gators gives him plenty of reasons to be giddy. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    With the early signing period looming, UF is recruiting at a championship level.
  2. Assistant Attorney General Brian Benzkowski announces charges against ten former National Football League (NFL) players who are accused of defrauding an NFL health care program, at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. [CLIFF OWEN  |  AP]
    Former Jefferson High star and former Florida Gator, Donald “Reche” Caldwell is among two others who could be charged.
  3. LSU players celebrate after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. LSU won 37-10. [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
    “Members of Congress care about college sports. They recognize how important it is to American society."
  4. Running back DeeJay Dallas (13) and Miami will spend bowl season in Shreveport, La., for the Independence Bowl. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
    Starting Dec. 20, there is almost a full month of couch potato fun ahead if you love college football.
  5. Florida coach Dan Mullen has led the Gators to consecutive New Year's Six bowl appearances. [JEFF ROBERSON  |  AP]
    This will be UF’s first Orange appearance since Steve Spurrier’s final game
  6. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates after the Southeastern Conference championship against Georgia on in Atlanta. LSU won 37-10. [JOHN AMIS  |  AP]
    LSU slides up to No. 1 in the final rankings of the season.
  7. Florida guard Ques Glover tries to drive on Butler forward Bryce Golden during the first half in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
    UF sees its four-game winning streak come to an end on the road.
  8. Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin celebrates his team's final touchdown in its victory over UAB in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Boca Raton. [MIKE STOCKER  |  AP]
    After leading the Owls to victory in the Conference USA title game on Saturday, the coach announces he’s leaving for the Rebels.
  9. Florida Gators defensive back CJ Henderson wags his finger after breaking up a pass during a game against Miami in August at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Henderson is forgoing his senior season, entering the NFL draft and skipping the team’s bowl game. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Henderson’s elite speed could help his draft stock. His interview skills could be another story.
  10. In this 2007 file photo, coach Billy Donovan cuts down the net after Florida defeated South Carolina to win at least a share of the SEC regular-season championship. [BRIAN CASSELLA  |  St. Petersburg Times]
    The formal introduction will take place on Feb. 15.