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No surprise in latest BCS rankings

Florida State's Devonta Freeman looks for an opening

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Oregon jumping Florida State in the latest BCS rankings shouldn’t be a shock. The Ducks ran roughshod over a talented UCLA team, 42-12, while the Seminoles beat a bad NC State team.

Sometimes voters let the “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” scenario take over the decision-making part of their brains. There’s nothing wrong with that in this case because the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 PAC-12) thoroughly...

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SEC takes hit in first BCS poll

Notice anything strange about the BCS rankings? There are more ACC teams (3) in the top 10 then SEC teams (2). And there are just as many PAC-12 and BIG 12 teams (2) as Southeastern Conference squads.

That was a result of a tumultuous weekend that featured five ranked SEC teams losing. Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida all took a loss. Making matters even more intriguing,...

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Games to watch this weekend

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Brett Hundley #17

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It’s another weekend and another group of games with national title implications. Florida State-Clemson is the key game as the winner gets a leg up in the BCS race. Missouri got a huge boost with a 15-point win over Georgia, but lost its quarterback, while UCLA-Stanford might be the most important PAC-12 game this season.

No. 22 Florida (4-2, 3-1 SEC) @ No. 14 Missouri (6-0, 2-0), Noon: Missouri...

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Clemson vs. Florida State pivotal for BCS, ACC and Heisman race

Tajh Boyd of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after

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It’s taken until the eighth week of the college football season to get a matchup of top 5 teams. And it’s a great one in the ACC.

No. 5 Florida State (5-0, 3-0 in ACC) visits No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) in Death Valley on Saturday night (ABC, 8 p.m.) with the stakes about as high as they can get. The winner not only takes control of the ACC’s Atlantic Division but also takes a giant leap in the...

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Mid-season Heisman report

TAJH BOYD Quarterback, senior, Clemson Boyd enters the

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Here’s a little mid-season Heisman Hype

In the thick of things…

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson, Sr.: Boyd (1,783 yards, 15 TDs, 2 INT) doesn’t get the Heisman Hype other players get because he plays in the ACC. But the Tigers are 6-0 and have an excellent chance of making a BCS bowl appearance. Winning the ACC conference championship in addition to an undefeated regular season would raise Boyd’s...

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Games to watch this weekend

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger prepares to pass the

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We’re at the halfway point of the season and as usual it’s another weekend that has serious national title implications. Georgia, Florida, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma are all in contention for conference/national titles. They also all have tough games. The top 5 could be drastically different next week.

No. 25 Missouri (5-0, 1-0 SEC) @ No. 7 Georgia (4-1, 3-0), Noon: Georgia could be in trouble...

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College football games to watch

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston smiles on the

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There are several games this weekend that have serious national title implications. Florida State is looking to stay undefeated and in the top 10, while two undefeated PAC-12 teams in Washington and Stanford look to keep its names in national headlines. Ohio State will get its toughest test (vs. Northwestern) to date and Notre Dame looks to keep its BCS hopes alive against Arizona State.

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Games to watch this weekend

There are many things that could be decided this weekend, including the futures of Mack Brown and Bo Pelini, the plight of Notre Dame and the legitimacy of Auburn and Michigan State. Tennessee needs to beat Florida for the first time in what feels like 50 years, Arizona State needs to prove last weekends win against Wisconsin wasn't a gift and Notre Dame needs to win to keep itself in BCS title...

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Games to watch this weekend

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees drops back to

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Here are a few weekend matchups to look forward to.

No. 14 Notre Dame @ No. 17 Michigan, 8:00: This game isn’t likely to have any national title implications, but a road win in a hostile stadium would be just what Notre Dame needs. Tommy Rees was efficient in the Fighting Irish’s 28-6 win over Temple, completing 16 of 23 passes for 346 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The competition...

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Andy Enfield’s charmed life, model wife, hot FGCU team

Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield holds up

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Listen to Florida Gulf Coast University coach Andy Enfield and his free-wheeling players for a few minutes, and you can’t help but wonder if second-seeded Georgetown (25-6) stands a chance against the 15th-seeded Eagles (24-10) in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Friday night at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. If there’s a tense nerve in their bodies, it was impossible to tell from their bravado...

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