Matt Baker, Colleges Reporter

Matt Baker

Colleges Reporter

I love college football more than everything but my son, my wife and my dog, so I have the perfect job covering the sport for the Tampa Bay Times. Even though I grew up in a basketball state (Indiana) and graduated from a non-football power (Northwestern University), I’m fascinated by the game, the traditions and the pageantry. I joined the Times in July 2011 after stops at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader and Tulsa (Okla.) World. Since then, I’ve covered almost everything — high schools, the Bucs, the Rays, the Lightning and auto racing — before becoming a full-time college sports reporter before the 2015. When I’m not working, I’m usually on a run, chasing a toddler around and waiting for kickoff.

Lovie Smith isnít the only former Bucs coach to watch this week

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith watches as his team plays against Minnesota on Oct. 5 in Minneapolis. Bruce Kluckhohn  |  AP
Game-day guide: Plus a look at Penn State-Michigan and a game plan thatís crazy enough to (almost) work for the Vols this weekend.

Remember USFís logo debacle? Auburn is doing the same thing.

Judy Genshaft reveals USF's new academic logo during the annual fall address at the Marshall Student Center on Sept. 5, 2018, in Tampa. Times
The Tigers began rolling out new logo but stalled after public backlash. Sound familiar?

USF footballís Jordan Cronkrite has done something even Marlon Mack rarely did

Game-day guide: And Will Muschampís South Carolina tenure looks almost exactly like his time with the Florida Gators.

College football Week 8 viewing guide: Florida Gators wonít be looking past Will Muschamp

Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine runs against Tennessee during the first half of the Sept. 21 football game in Gainesville. John Raoux  |  AP
The Pac-12 has some interesting games this weekend. Too bad no one will be able to watch one of them. Plus: Times staff predictions for week 8.

The Florida Gators have two quarterbacks. FSU football doesnít have one.

Florida quarterback Emory Jones (5) throws a pass against Auburn on Oct. 5 in Gainesville. John Raoux  |  AP
Kyle Trask and Emory Jones are thriving at Florida, while Willie Taggart is being tight-lipped at Florida State.