Must-see and meh time frames Saturday for college football:
Lamest time window: Noon, although No. 10 Oklahoma State is on upset watch at Texas.
Noon: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson against a talented Florida State defense? Yes, please.
3:30: Syracuse will try to upset a second straight top-10 team (No. 8 Miami), and Navy hosts No. 20 UCF in one of the best Group of Five matchups of the season....
"His track record on the offensive side of the ball is special. You can look it up, see the records." — Florida then-athletic director Jeremy Foley, December 2014
GAINESVILLE — After Will Muschamp led four of the ugliest seasons in modern Florida history, Jeremy Foley knew the Gators' next head coach would have to revive one of the worst offenses in the SEC....
Two days before suiting up in the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field, Dalvin Cook announced a change of heart.
After almost nine months as a Gators commitment, the five-star running back from Miami flipped to rival Florida State.
"I felt at heart that it was the school for me, and I can get everything I want to get done there," Cook told Fox Sports at the time.
He did, of course. Cook needed only three seasons to become FSU's all-time leading rusher. He was one of the NFL's top rookies for the Vikings before tearing his ACL....
Of course Florida State remembers what happened against Louisville last year. The 63-20 loss was one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history.
"You remember what they're capable of, that this can happen," Jimbo Fisher said.
But the FSU coach doesn't feel the need to keep reminding his players about it this week as they prepare to face the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, QB Lamar Jackson (above), again. Fisher said this is a new team, so things are different. ...
Florida Gators defensive lineman Jordan Sherit will miss the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery earlier this week, coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday morning.
"It's a bad deal, man," McElwain said.
The former Hillsborough High standout has had an injury-plagued career. He tore his ACL during his senior season of high school. He missed time late in 2014 because of injury and only played in 10 games last season because of multiple injuries....
After last year's run to the Elite Eight, the Florida Gators are one of the favorites in the SEC.
UF is picked to finish second in the league, according to a panel of college basketball media members.
Kentucky, of course, is projected to win the conference.
Guard KeVaughn Allen is UF's lone individual honoree; he's first-team pick to the all-SEC team.
Wildcats freshman Kevin Knox - a former star forward at Tampa Catholic - is a second-team choice....
Here's another indictment of how mediocre the state's college football season has become.
The AP released its midseason All-America team on Tuesday, and the only first-team selection from Florida was ... Gators punter Johnny Townsend.
Two other players from the state were second-team selections: USF kicker Emilion Nadelman and Florida State safety Derwin James.
For comparison, the state had four players on the preseason team, including two first teamers (James and FSU cornerback Tarvarus McFadden)....
While the entire college football universe was focused on a sexual assault allegation against quarterback Jameis Winston during Florida State's 2013 national title run, another off-field scandal was playing out quietly.
Champions Way: Football, Florida, and the Lost Soul of College Sports explores allegations of academic impropriety (involving former Plant High star James Wilder Jr., among others) raised by whistleblower Christina Suggs during that perfect season. ...
As Butch Jones keeps losing, Tennessee Vols fans are turning to one of the media's favorite pastimes.
The Florida Gators are 3-3 for the third time since 1986, and things could be getting worse.
They might not make a bowl.
That's the conclusion of SBNation, at least, which doesn't have UF in its latest bowl projections....
Thanks to a 5-0 start, the Miami Hurricanes are back in the top 10 of the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Miami is No. 8 - its highest ranking since midway through the 2013 season. I had the ‘Canes at No. 5 ion my ballot (which you can see here).
USF continued its rise. The Bulls jumped two spots to No. 16 after beating Cincinnati on Saturday evening. That's USF's highest raanking since 2011. ...
After a predictably unpredictable weekend of college football, filling out my AP Top 25 ballot took a lot longer than usual.
I'll let a fellow AP Voter, also awesomely named Matt B., explain:
Coming to terms with the fact that there is no ballot that can be submitted today that will make perfect sense— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) October 15, 2017
So yeah, my ballot doesn't make perfect sense. It can't, because this weekend was ridiculous. Fun, but ridiculous....
GAINESVILLE — It took a month, but Jim McElwain's house of cards has started to fall.
The crumbling continued Saturday with Florida's 19-17 home loss to Texas A&M.
UF (3-3, 3-2 SEC) surrendered a fourth-quarter lead by giving up three late field goals to East Lake High alumnus Daniel LaCamera. His final one — a 32-yarder with 58 seconds left — temporarily cooled the hot seat of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin....
GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain didn't need to see his team's swamp green alternate uniforms in action Saturday night to know that they served their purpose.
No, they were not universally beloved; McElwain said his hate mail tripled before Saturday's game against Texas A&M.
But the demographic McElwain wanted to hit — recruits — liked them.
"Man, the excitement has been unbelievable," McElwain told reporters Wednesday. ...
10/13/17 The Heater
More than 50 years before Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem, Jim "Mudcat" Grant stood in a Cleveland bullpen with something on his mind.
The Lacoochee native was a right-handed pitcher for the Indians, and he wasn't happy about how African-Americans like himself were being treated. He couldn't eat at restaurants with his white teammates. He couldn't stay in the same hotels, either, in certain cities. His former roommate, Larry Doby, received death threats after becoming the first black player in the American League....