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FAU rout of Akron is first bowl message sent by Florida teams

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If FAU’s 50-3 demolition of Akron Tuesday night was any indication of what we’re going to see in the upcoming bowl season involving Florida schools, then buckle up. The Owls unloaded on their MAC opponent to win the Boca Raton Bowl and demonstrated all the traits that make Florida college teams great: speed, depth, speed, swagger and of course, more speed.

Once again, amassing over 500 yards of offense and seeing Conference USA Player of the Year. Devin Singletary rush for another 100-yard game and three more touchdowns makes football fans in the Sunshine State smile.

It’s been the case for decades now that team speed explosive offense and great skill players are on display in December and early January. There it was showcased in South Florida, again last night.

So if image number one for the Florida teams in this bold season is Lane kiffin holding up a trophy with his brand new 10-year contract sewn up, then what will be next?

FIU is in St Petersburg at the Gasparilla Bowl ready to play Temple out of the American Conference. Butch Davis in his first season got his team to eight victories in Year One. The Panthers are probably a year or two away from being really dangerous. Still, they can score and put together five wins in their last seven games to get to the bowl.

On Saturday, Charlie Strong and USF will take on gun-slinging Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl. It will be the final game for the Bulls most decorated quarterback ever, Quinton Flowers. And while the Bulls have one of most well rounded explosive offenses in college football, Texas Tech has been known for a long time for putting up big time pass yards and points. This one should be fun, even if defensive coaches will cringe.

Then, next week Florida State will patch together what’s left of its coaching staff and take on Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl. The Noles clearly have Superior Talent on both sides of the ball. But, we’ll see if all of the chaos and controversy of Jimbo Fisher leaving and Willie Taggart being hired will be a factor with fsu’s play on the field. Still Running back Cam Akers looks to have a big day in Shreveport, LA.

Still to come is the Miami Hurricanes hosting Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl and once again it will be speed against braun and size. QB Malik Rosier and a host of skill weapons look to finish the Canes turnaround season in style.

And then there’s UCF we’ve already written about isn’t afraid of going after big bad Auburn in the SEC. The Knights are looking for perfection, and even though Scott Faust and the coaching staff have already taken the Nebraska job, they believe so much in this team and situation they come back to coach for the Peach Bowl and the chance at unbeaten immortality. QB McKenzie Milton and his crew are ready to show what we in Florida all ready know, there’s fast exciting talent everywhere in this state.

Yes, Tuesday was just the beginning of what we expect will be a two week highlight reel for state teams.

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