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Florida Gators to watch Saturday, FSU’s next threat and Miami’s top transfer

The last three times Florida lost to Georgia, the Gators lost the next game by double digits.
Quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 257 yards and got the Gators back in the game vs. Georgia in the second half, but Florida lost 24-17. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Nov. 8

Locals of the week

Florida offensive linemen Richard Gouraige (Cambridge Christian) and Ethan White (Clearwater High)

With Chris Bleich entering the transfer portal, the Gators will likely give Gouraige — a former top-100 national recruit — his second career start. White, then, becomes UF’s sixth lineman who could be in line for playing time this week against Vanderbilt and the rest of his true freshman season. Their development this weekend and beyond will be key for the Gators’ future.

UGA letdown

The Gators have been victims of post-Georgia hangovers. Florida has lost its last three games the week after losing to Georgia —all by at least three scores. Don’t expect a repeat Saturday, in large part because Vanderbilt is pretty awful.

AJ Dillon appreciation

Boston College's AJ Dillon runs in for a touchdown during the first half against Clemson on Oct. 26. [RICHARD SHIRO | AP]

AJ Dillon’s Boston College career shouldn’t be overlooked. He’s already the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher (3,983 yards) and only needs 620 more to break the ACC’s career record (4,602 set by North Carolina State’s Ted Brown). Dillon broke BC’s rushing touchdown record with his 35th career score last week against Syracuse. Good luck stopping him, Seminoles.

Three coaches FSU fans should watch

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell: Beat the Sooners in his last trip to Norman. Another victory would be huge.

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: A triumph over an improving Tennessee team would be his second in three seasons against the Vols and bring the Wildcats within a game of bowl eligibility.

Washington State’s Mike Leach: Probably needs to beat tricky Cal to extend the Cougars’ school-record bowl streak to five.

Miami’s top portal target

The Hurricanes’ reliance on the transfer portal has had mixed results. One obvious hit: Receiver K.J. Osborn. The Buffalo transfer has 439 yards and leads Miami in catches (36) and touchdown receptions (five). Don’t be surprised if he gets another score against a Louisville team that has allowed 19 passing touchdowns (tied for No. 113 nationally)

Audible

“I miss Florida State. I think college football misses Florida State being a 10 win team year in and year out.” — ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit

By the numbers: Week 11

In this Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin gestures from the sidelines during a game against Wisconsin.

1961 The last time Minnesota hosted a home game between two top-15 teams

12 Sacks by Miami’s Greg Rousseau. That leads the ACC and is the fourth-most ever by a Hurricane in one season

4 Players in Wisconsin history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons: Billy Marek, Ron Dayne, P.J. Hill and Jonathan Taylor

8 Consecutive 10-win seasons for Clemson. A win over North Carolina State would make it nine and tie Texas (2001-09) for the third-longest streak in Division I-A history

2 Teams (since 1937) that have started 8-0 within two seasons of starting 0-8: UCF and the current Baylor Bears

10-5 Florida Atlantic’s all-time record against rival Florida International heading into Saturday’s Shula Bowl

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  1. 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.
  2. 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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  3. Florida quarterback Emory Jones looks for a receiver against Towson during the second half on Sept. 28 in Gainesville. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Emory Jones all have remaining eligibility, which adds an interesting dynamic to next season.
  4. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass in the first half of an NCAA football game against Alabama Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tuscaloosa , Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP
    Two notable teams fell despite 50-plus point wins. That happens sometimes.
  5. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is carried off the field by his teammates after defeating Alabama 46-41 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP
    The Tigers break an eight-game losing streak to the Tide with a gutty, statement road victory.
  6. Florida linebacker Mohamoud Diabate, here against Tennessee earlier this season, says “I’m proud of myself’’ after leading Florida’s defensive domination vs. Vanderbilt. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Journal: One of Diabate’s sacks is also a turnover that sets up a Gators touchdown.
  7. Florida wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) runs after a reception past Vanderbilt linebacker Kenny Hebert (21) during the first half in Gainesville. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Kyle Trask’s 363 yards were the most by a Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow in 2008. But give credit to the guys catching his throws.
  8. Quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 257 yards and got the Gators back in the game vs. Georgia in the second half, but Florida lost 24-17. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The last three times Florida lost to Georgia, the Gators lost the next game by double digits.
  9. Quarterback Jameis Winston and the Bucs play their first home game in 49 days at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Times
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Can Jameis Winston make the Bucs’ welcome-home game a success?
  10. USF Bulls head coach Charlie Strong on the sideline during the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, October 12, 2019.  OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
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