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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


  1. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
Florida State Seminoles defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) deflects a pass to Florida Gators tight end C'yontai Lewis (80) in the first quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State University in Tallahassee on Saturday, November 24, 2018.  "BRONTE WITTPENN  | TIMES"
    The SEC Network will broadcast the annual rivalry meeting.
  2. Florida State Seminoles running back Cam Akers (3) runs the ball down the field in the second quarter against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State University in Tallahassee on Saturday, November 24, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN  | TIMES  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES
    How healthy will Cam Akers be? What about Jabari Zuniga?
  3. Alabama sive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) checks on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) after he was injured in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Alabama won 38-7. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ROGELIO V. SOLIS  |  AP
    The Florida Gators moved back into Matt Baker’s top 10 this week.
  4. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) is carted off the field after getting injured in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. ROGELIO V. SOLIS  |  AP
    The junior quarterback already was on the mend from surgery four weeks ago for a high ankle sprain.
  5. Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) is pulled down by Missouri defensive back Christian Holmes after catching a pass during the second half in Columbia, Mo. Florida won 23-6. JEFF ROBERSON  |  AP
    The Gators, who led just 6-3 after the second quarter, find more of a rhythm offensively in the second half.
  6. A Florida Gator fans yells during the first half of the Nov. 2 game against Georgia in Jacksonville. The Gators travel to Columbia, Mo. for a noon Saturday game against Missouri. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
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  7. Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck leads him team on the field prior to an Oct. 26 game against Maryland in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 52-10. STACY BENGS  |  AP
    The last time Minnesota started 9-0 was 1904. Another big event that year involved Cy Young.
  8. Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks poses for a photo with Reyce Ramsey, 9, one of the fans who sent him a get-well card. SCOTT RAMSEY  |  Special to the Times
    When the Florida Gators’ quarterback got hurt at Kentucky, cards came from a 9-year-old in Kissimmee and a retiree in Oldsmar.
  9. Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a 15-yard pass reception during the second half against Vanderbilt on Nov. 9 in Gainesville. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    The Florida Gators still have a lot to play for, even with a sleepy game in cold Columbia.
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves kneels in the end zone after the Seattle Seahawks defeated his team in overtime in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) JOHN FROSCHAUER  |  AP
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