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.

Florida-Florida State TV, kickoff information announced

BRONTE WITTPENN   |   TimesFlorida State Seminoles defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) deflects a pass to Florida Gators tight end C'yontai Lewis (80) in the first quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State University in Tallahassee on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
The SEC Network will broadcast the annual rivalry meeting.

Five early thoughts on Florida vs. Florida State

How healthy will Cam Akers be? What about Jabari Zuniga?

My AP Top 25 ballot: How does Tua Tagovailoa’s injury affect Alabama?

Alabama sive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) checks on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) after he was injured in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Alabama won 38-7. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Rogelio V. Solis  |  AP
The Florida Gators moved back into Matt Baker’s top 10 this week.

Should FSU hire Odell Haggins full time? His players think so

Florida State interim head coach Odell Haggins celebrates his team's 49-12 victory over Alabama State in Tallahassee. Mark Wallheiser  |  AP
It was hard to ignore the love for the Seminoles’ interim coach after Saturday’s win.

An open letter to FSU’s next coach from Seminoles’ win over Alabama State

Florida State defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen tackles Alabama State wide receiver Tyrek Allen in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated Alabama State 49-12. Mark Wallheiser  |  AP
The Seminoles rout the Hornets on senior day.