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Jamil King



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This weekend was rare in Florida football this season. We witnessed multiple wins in the college ranks and the NFL. FSU, UCF, USF, FAU, and Miami were able to find ways to win. The Jaguars were victorious for the second week in a row as well, with the Bucs getting bit by the referees and fell in Nashville. And then the Dolphins were the Dolphins on Monday night.

With a lot of wins, this week’s rankings had a lot to choose from, so the top breaks down as follows:

Florida Gators- The Gators remained in the top spot with a BYE last week. Now, they will shift their focus to the biggest game of the season against the Georgia Bulldogs. The cocktail party will once again be a defacto SEC East title game. With the Dawgs struggling on offense in their last two games, did they get things right over the bye to prepare for a stingy Gator defense?

UCF Knights- The Knights got things going again with an offensive explosion against Temple. UCF put up 63 points and 614 yards. Running back, Otis Anderson was the nest of the group in this one going over 200 yards and scoring a touchdown. Bentavious Thompson ran for 87 yards and two scores of their own.

QB Dillon Gabriel had only 219 of the 600 yards, but he also added three touchdowns of his own. The Knights will host Houston next week as they look to keep the offense rolling.

Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags won their second game in a row with a win over the Jets. The Jags have now gone four and two in their last six games on the season. Gardner Minshew had a great game with 279 yards and three touchdowns. He is making a strong case to remain the starter even when free-agent acquisition Nick Foles comes back.

The Jags will look to finally when that third game in a row this time with the Texans in London. The Jags sit just one game behind the Colts and the Texans in the win column and would raise some eyebrows across the league with another win.

Florida Atlantic- The Owls bounced back in a strong way with a 41-3 thumping of Old Dominion. A week after losing a heartbreaker to Marshall, the Owls offense never looked back in this game. Chris Robinson only had 208 yards but tossed a pair of touchdowns.

The Owls now prepare for arguably their biggest game of the regular season against Western Kentucky. WKU just lost to Marshall creating a log jam at the top of the conference between these three schools. The Owls will need a win to keep pace with Marshall and hope the heard drop another game this season.

Florida State- The Noles are coming off their best performance of the season, and it came at no better time with Miami around the corner. Alex Hornibrook got the start and was effective. It was Cam Akers, however, who was the star quarterback on this day. Akers ran the ball effectively out of the wildcat, pilling up 144 yards on the day and a whopping four touchdowns.

Next, the Noles get rival Miami in a game both teams need to win badly. With both schools sitting at 4-4, it doesn’t have the excitement this game once had, but still, this game can ruin the season of whoever comes out the looser and could miss a bowl.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars welcomed back Foles but poor play still there

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Sunday was supposed to be a game for a new start for the Jaguars. Off a terrible performance in London against the Texans two weeks ago, the Jaguars were also welcoming back a free agent quarterback that was supposed to be a difference-maker in their offense. Unfortunately, when it was over in Indianapolis, not much changed as the Colts easily dispatched Jacksonville 33-13.

Things started off well enough with Nick Foles leading a quick touchdown drive on Jacksonville’s opening possession. In fact Foles even picked up where he left off in his first game. In the opener against Kansas City he threw a touchdown pass to D.J. Chark on the play where he also fractured his collar bone.

Well, on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, his next touchdown of the season was also to Chark, who caught a pass over the middle, raced 34 yards for a score and a 7-0 lead:

However, the Colts demonstrated that it’s not just the start of the game. Rather, it’s everything that happens from then on. And from then on, they really dominated Jacksonville.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was back after missing last week’s loss to the Dolphins with a sprained knee and was solid throwing for one TD and rushing for another TD. Former USF running back Marlon Mack had 109 yards rushing and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injured hand. And, the Indy defense showed themselves to be stingy, again. This after they have already stifled the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson.

Leonard Fournette never got going on the ground for Jacksonville finishing with just 23 yards on eight carries. And, after the initial touchdown, the Jags either punted, Foles threw his pick or they lost the ball on downs on their next eight possessions.

Foles couldn’t muster much, as Jacksonville fell further and further behind. He did get a very late touchdown in the final minute, again to Chark to pad his stats, which finished 33-47, 296 yds. and the 2 TDs with 1 INT.

The outcome is most disappointing for Jaguar fans who wanted to see their team climb back into the race for the wild card and maybe the division. However, this is now two decisive losses to division foes making even their biggest fans wonder if the season isn’t headed south. Jacksonville must turn it around, when they are back on the road next week against the Tennessee Titans.

To be fair, it was only Foles first full game back and he should be given at least another week or two before we start judging how effective he can be.

The problem is at 4-6, Jacksonville can’t afford many more losses to stay in the hunt.

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Return of Jaguars QB Foles leads our Sunday primer

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Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

All three state teams are in action on Sunday with the Bucs and Dolphins hosting divisional opponents at home and the Jaguars and the key AFC South  match up on the road.

Let’s start with the Jaguars, who will welcome back prize free agent quarterback Nick Foles (above) for the first time in 10 weeks. This after Foles suffered a left broken collarbone in the first quarter of his first game with Jacksonville in Week one against Kansas City.

Foles comes back to a situation where a rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew helped the Jaguars win four games in his absence and have the Jaguars at least in contention in the AFC South. Jacksonville must get running back Leonard Fournette back on track, as when last we saw him, he registered only 40 yards rushing in the 26 – 3 loss to the Texans in London two weeks ago.

The Colts will welcome back quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who missed last week’s loss at home to the lowly Dolphins do to a sprained knee. Brissett has been a pleasant surprise since taking over on the eve of the season for the abruptly retired Andrew Luck.

This is the first of two meetings on the year for Jacksonville and Indy, as they will play at TIAA Bank Field to end the season week 17.

Meanwhile, in Tampa, the Buccaneers host the first place New Orleans Saints in an NFC South matchup. The Bucs won dramatically over Arizona last, week when Jameis Winston led the game-winning Drive of 92 yards in the final 3 minutes for a 30 – 27 win. Winston is still under scrutiny after throwing two more interceptions a week ago and has 14 on the year to lead the NFL.

The Saints were humbled at home by a 1-7 Atlanta team last week. Not only did the Falcons defeat them, but their defense held Drew Brees and Co. to just nine points; the lowest output since he became the Saints starting quarterback 14 seasons ago.

The Buccaneers secondary is in flux after they released former number 1 pick, Vernon Hargreaves, earlier this week for lack of hustle and productivity under first-year coordinator Todd Bowles’ new defense. Tampa Bay will go with rookies Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean. And, the Bucs better be ready for the best pass-catching receiver in the NFL, Michael Thomas.

As for the Dolphins, we did not think we would write the sentence: they have a chance for a three-game win streak, especially after an 0-7 horrendous start. However, that’s exactly what’s at stake as they play longtime AFC East rival Buffalo at Hard Rock Stadium.

Solid play by veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, timely defense by Miami and some clutch field goal kicking from Jason Sanders last week has enabled Miami to perk up and win their last two games. Sanders kicked three field goals and was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in the 16 – 12 win over the Colts a week ago.

Buffalo started the year 6 – 2 but played poorly in the second half of last week’s loss to the Browns. Second-year quarterback Josh Allen will try to get them back on the winning track this week. The Bill’s already own a victory last month in Western New York over the Fins.

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