Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Matt Baker joined the Times as a sports reporter in 2011. In 2014, he started covering the Bucs, Rays and Lightning. He previously covered high school and college sports for the Tulsa World and minor league baseball for the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. His work has been honored by the Best American Sports Writing series and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is a Hoosier native and graduated from Northwestern University in 2008.



Florida State fans boo the referees in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Florida State defeated Boston College 22-21. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Matt Bakerís takeaways from FSU-Boston College

The announced attendance (57,274) was the smallest announced crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium since the Virginia Tech game in 1988 (50,901). Crowds are down across the sport, but the empty seats were a bad sign in Year 1 of the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida State linebacker DeCalon Brooks upends Boston College running back AJ Dillon in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser) FLMW102

Florida Stateís bowl streak still alive after comeback upset of Boston College

Deondre Francois found Tamorrion Terry for the 74-yard game winning touchdown pass. Now FSU must beat the Gators next week to make a bowl game.
Updated: 1 hour ago
A Boston College defender trips up Florida State running back Cam Akers at the 4-yard line before Akers scored in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Florida State defeated Boston College 22-21. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

FSU journal: Ground game gets untracked a bit

TALLAHASSEE — It took until the 11th game, but Florida State's rushing offense finally started to click the way the Seminoles expected with a talented backfield and a coach with a history of excellent runners.FSU rushed 36 times...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Former USF coach Skip Holtz is doing well at Louisiana Tech ... which might have him in line for a promotion? [ AP PHOTO ]

Hot seat watch, coaches in contention to move up, Jimbo Fisher flashback and more college football notes

Yes, Skip Holtz flopped at USF, but he's doing very well at Louisiana Tech...
Published: 11/16/18
This 2014 photo shows why the Florida Gators are hosting Idaho today. [ AP FILE PHOTO ]

Gators-Idaho, UCF-Cincinnati, bowl streaks in jeopardy and more state college football notes

Hopefully Florida and Idaho get to play an offensive snap this time, unlike in 2014.
Published: 11/16/18
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is closing the gap at the top of the Heisman Trophy race. [ AP PHOTO ]

Heisman Trophy watch: Kyler Murray catching up to Tua Tagovailoa

It's still a two-man race, but the gap isn't as large as it seemed a few weeks ago.
Published: 11/16/18
USF will try to stop its skid at Temple. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times  ]

College football Week 12 viewing guide

Can USF stop its skid at Temple? And does Cincinnati have a shot at upsetting UCF?
Published: 11/16/18
Who would have thought Florida State and Miami would both be this bad? [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]

Who has been more disappointing: Florida State or Miami?

Times columnist Martin Fennelly and writer Matt Baker discuss which former powerhouse has had a worse 2018.
Published: 11/14/18
Might the Florida Gators and Feleipe Franks be celebrating with fans at a New Year's Six bowl game? [ AP PHOTO ]

The Florida Gators really do have a shot at a New Yearís Six bowl

UF moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings ... which means they're in the hunt for a major bowl
Published: 11/13/18
Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks pushes over the goal line against the South Carolina defense for the one-yard go ahead touchdown. [ AP PHOTO ]

Florida Gatorsí Feleipe Franks didnít see the signal, so he chose the game winner himself

"I just wanted to run somebody over," Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks said.
Published: 11/12/18