Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Florida Gators

College football Week 7 viewing guide

Lamest time window: Noon. Go outside and enjoy the (slightly) cooler weather before the games get interesting in the afternoon.

Noon: Vanderbilt usually plays the No. 14 Gators tough. Will that continue in Nashville?

2:30: Pitt dashed Miami's playoff hopes last year and upset eventual champ Clemson in 2016. Watch out, No. 5 Notre Dame.

3:30: No. 7 Washington-No. 17 Oregon will be entertaining, but No. 2 Georgia's trip to No. 13 LSU will have the biggest playoff implications.

7: Iowa State can get its fifth win over a ranked team in the last two seasons by knocking off No. 6 West Virginia in Ames.

7:30: No. 15 Wisconsin begins a brutal three-game stretch for No. 12 Michigan (with Michigan State and Penn State next).

10:30: The Pac-12 South could be on the line when USC hosts No. 19 Colorado.

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Florida Gators reflect on the weirdness of Jim McElwain’s exit, one year later

Florida Gators reflect on the weirdness of Jim McElwain’s exit, one year later

GAINESVILLE — As No. 9 Florida prepares for its first top-10 meeting with Georgia in a decade, it's important to remember the innocuous moment that started the Gators' path back to the national stage.It was a year ago, on the Monday of Georgia ...
Published: 10/22/18
Florida Gators preparing for top-10 showdown with Georgia

Florida Gators preparing for top-10 showdown with Georgia

GAINESVILLE — As No. 9 Florida prepares for to play No. 7 Georgia on Saturday, the Gators aren't putting any extra attention on a top-10 matchup, the appearance of ESPN's College GameDay or any of the other hoopla surrounding the rivalry's...
Published: 10/22/18
AP Top 25: Florida Gators in top 10, USF remains steady

AP Top 25: Florida Gators in top 10, USF remains steady

The Florida Gators moved up two spots to No. 9 in the latest AP Top 25 poll released Sunday. That's their highest ranking since 2015 and sets up a top-10 showdown Saturday against No. 7 Georgia. It'll be the first top-10 matchup between the two rival...
Published: 10/21/18
Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida Gators over Ohio State

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida Gators over Ohio State

Coming up with my weekly AP Top 25 ballot, I'm always faced with new questions I never considered.Like this one, from 247Sports' excellent Gators writer, Thomas Goldkamp:Does Florida move past Ohio State in this week’s rankings? Legit question....
Published: 10/21/18
ESPN’s College GameDay headed to Florida-Georgia

ESPN’s College GameDay headed to Florida-Georgia

The biggest Florida-Georgia game in years will have the pregame hype to match the high stakes.ESPN's College GameDay will be in Jacksonville for the annual rivalry game, the network announced Saturday evening. The SEC Network's pregame show, SEC Nati...
Published: 10/20/18
Ryan Finley and the NFL draft, Ohio State on upset watch and more college football nuggets

Ryan Finley and the NFL draft, Ohio State on upset watch and more college football nuggets

Eye on the NFL draftWith a 6-foot-4, 212-pound frame plus a top-10 completion percentage, North Carolina State QB Ryan Finley is an interesting pro prospect. Clemson's defense is loaded with even bigger talents, including DE Clelin Ferrell and DT Dex...
Published: 10/19/18
Heisman watch: Two AAC players crack the top five

Heisman watch: Two AAC players crack the top five

5. Memphis RB Darrell Henderson: The nation's leading rusher (1,133 yards) ran for 199 on UCF in a one-point loss.4. Houston DL Ed Oliver: His 1.9 tackles for a loss per game lead all interior linemen nationally.3. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins: The B...
Published: 10/19/18
Florida Gators midseason review: Is a NY6 bowl game in reach?

Florida Gators midseason review: Is a NY6 bowl game in reach?

After Florida's historic Week 2 loss to Kentucky, expectations plummeted for Dan Mullen's first season as the Gators' coach.A month later, No. 11 UF (6-1) is tied for first in the SEC East and a serious contender to make a run at a New Year's Six bow...
Published: 10/18/18
Georgia’s Kirby Smart not surprised by Florida Gators’ quick turnaround

Georgia’s Kirby Smart not surprised by Florida Gators’ quick turnaround

The Gators have completely transformed themselves from where they were a year ago against Georgia.Their 42-7 loss to the Bulldogs didn't even seem as close as the final score indicated. A day later, Jim McElwain was out as the head coach.No. 11 Flori...
Published: 10/17/18
Matt Baker’s AP Top 25: Miami out, Florida Gators up and UCF in top 10

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25: Miami out, Florida Gators up and UCF in top 10

Four teams in the top eight of my AP Top 25 lost Saturday. So did four teams from 16-25. Just another college football weekend.Georgia's shocking 20-point loss at LSU sent the Bulldogs down from third to No. 9 on my ballot. UGA, for me, is in the 5-1...
Published: 10/14/18