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Playoff field should be 16 teams

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Rick Pedone Sports Editor If you are determined to find college football entertainment on your TV today, your choices vary from the near absurd (Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at the New Orleans Bowl, anyone?) to the eminently ignorable (UTEP-Utah State, the New Mexico Bowl). Yes, the holiday bowl season, all 147 games (just a slight exaggeration), is upon us. For the next two weeks we will observe/endure an amazing number of

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  • Coaches say no thanks to bowl format

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Florida High School Athletic Association is optimistic about its inaugural Burger King State Champions Bowl Series Dec. 27 at Florida Atlantic University. The Bowl Series pits three Florida prep football champions against champions from other states. Outside of the FHSAA and the Home of the Whopper, though, there doesn’t seem to be a tidal wave of enthusiasm for the event, including Class 7A state championship

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  • It’s like Oscar time for bowl committee

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor There was a time when the end of the college football regular season would climax with larger-than-life showdowns between Oklahoma-Nebraska, Ohio State-Michigan, Texas-Arkansas and USC-UCLA. The winners of those games went to the major bowls, and then the fun began. Who was No. 1? Sometimes it was obvious, but often the best teams couldn’t play one another because of bowl allegiances. The SEC champ always went

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  • Picks of the Weak: FSU deserves top 4 spot

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    As the great professional wrestler Ric Flair once said, “To Be the Man, You Have to Beat the Man.” Makes sense – unless you are the 2014 edition of the Florida State University football team. Media pundits across the country seem prepared to justify voting the Seminoles out of the four-team national playoff – even if they run the table by beating the Florida Gators today and knocking off Georgia

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  • These games are getting to be a drag

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Ken Jackson Staff Writer The last football game I attended was UCF-Temple a few weeks ago. When I left the house, my 6-year-old daughter was at the dining room table coloring a picture. When I got home, she was filling out college applications. The next week I watched from the comfy, tan recliner as the Knights inexplicably lost to UConn, which was not fielding its basketball team. It felt like

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  • Fans demand perfection from coaches

    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette  When did it change? Once upon a time in college football, when your team won seven games and went to a bowl, it was considered a good season.  Not anymore. Now 10-2 seasons in some circles are considered “failures,” if not outright “disasters.”  Hiding behind the anonymity of message boards, fans scream for the head of the coach after a couple of losses and

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  • Bulldogs await South Lake

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    By Rick Pedone Sports Editor If St. Cloud has an emotional hangover after seeing its perfect record erased by rival Harmony, 14-2, last week, then it had better find the cure in a hurry. Unbeaten South Lake, 5-0, travels to Gannarelli Field Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a non-district contest. The Bulldogs, 5-1 and 2-1 in 7A District 6, saw their postseason chances take a hit because of the loss

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  • Picks of the Weak

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Can Snook replace Redskins? Rick Pedone Sports Editor We’ll cut it short this week since Dan Pearson’s Under The Bobber  column is making an appearance. He’s talking about snook, a critter that doesn’t seem to infatuate institutions seeking an inspirational mascot. Somewhere, there’s probably an athletic team called the Fighting Snook, but there isn’t a lot of resonance there. It probably would be a safe moniker to use in Washington,

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  • This is an ‘A’ game weekend

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Rick Pedone Sports Editor You know what we have here? An ‘A’ game football weekend, that’s what. And, it’s about time. What constitutes an ‘A’ game weekend, as opposed to, say, last week’s near total-fail ‘D’ grader? First, we need a couple of big-time college matchups, preferably involving state teams, and that’s we have with Clemson visiting FSU and the Gators rolling out to Alabama. Both games are heavy on

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