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’s 2019 college football viewing guide

BRONTE WITTPENN   |   TimesFlorida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) runs the ball in the first quarter in a game against Florida State University at Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State University in Tallahassee on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
Now that we know the schedules for the Gators, FSU and Miami, here are the biggest dates ... and the ones that work for a fall wedding.

College quarterback transfers rippling from Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields

Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell plays against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Miami, Florida State and Washington are among the schools that have directly (or indirectly) been affected by the two superstar recruits.

2019 Florida State football schedule released

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesFlorida State Seminoles tight end Tre' McKitty (6) gets stopped by Miami Hurricanes defensive back Jaquan Johnson (4) and defensive lineman Joe Jackson (99) after a first down during the first quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Fla. At the half, Miami was down 20 to 7.
The Seminoles open against Boise State in Jacksonville and close at rival Florida.

2019 Miami Hurricanes football schedule released

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesThe Miami Hurricanes mascot posed during the game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Fla. Miami Hurricanes beat the Florida State Seminoles 28 to 27.
The non-conference schedule includes a game against the Gators, one against Jim McElwain and one at the Marlins' stadium

Blue-chip quarterback Tate Martell transferring to Miami Hurricanes

Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell throws a pass against Tulane during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Tulane 49-6. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
The Ohio State transfer is a huge get for new coach Manny Diaz.