Tampa Bay TimesORLANDO — They have spent the better part of autumn teetering on a proverbial plank, often appearing destined to lose their footing and plunge into the abyss of irrelevance — or the Belk Bowl.
Tampa Bay TimesSunshine TigersNo. 3 Clemson is quite at home in Florida. The Tigers have 14 players from the state on their roster (including locals Artavis Scott, Jake Fruhmorgen, Ray Ray McCloud, Deon Cain and T.J. Chase). They also have done well on Florida's fields, winning their last five games heading into Saturday's ACC championship in Orlando against No. 19 Virginia Tech. Those five wins — at Florida State and Miami, two bowl games against Oklahoma and an Orange Bowl against Ohio State — came by a combined score of 212-92.
Tampa Bay Times3,673 Career rushing yards by Georgia Southern RB Matt Breida (Nature Coast Tech), who will play his final college game Saturday against Troy. Only three Division I-A players in Georgia college history have more
Tampa Bay TimesPenn State pushThe improvement of QB Trace McSorley is one reason the No. 8 Nittany Lions find themselves in the Big Ten title game against No. 6 Wisconsin, with a potential path to the College Football Playoff:First four games74-of-117 passing (63.2 percent)8.1 yards per attempt5 TDs, 3 INTs32 rushing yards, 1 TDTeam record: 2-2Last eight games110-of-210 passing (52.3 percent)9.7 yards per attempt16 TDs, 2 INTs340 rushing yards, 5 TDsRecord: 8-0Pac-12 turnovers
Tampa Bay TimesEach week Times staff writers Matt Baker and Joey Knight will handicap what the field might look like for the national championship game on Jan. 9. Don't like their picks? Give us yours.Joey Knight
Tampa Bay TimesGAINESVILLE — When No. 15 Florida rolled back home early Sunday morning from Tallahassee, coach Jim McElwain gave his team until it unloaded the bus at 3:45 a.m. to stew over the 18-point defeat at Florida State.
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