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Your Early Guide to the Heisman Race

Matt Brown, Sports on Earth

Orlando Maneuvers for NFL Treatment

George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel

O'Leary Statue a Bad Choice for UCF

Martin Fennelly, Tampa Bay Times

Patriots Should Prioritze Defense

Jeff Howe, Boston Herald

While the Heisman Trophy race is never easy to predict, the candidates for the 2016 college football season seem easier to identify than usual, given the amount of proven talent th...(full article)

Orlando is the NFL's cool stepkid. It gets to go on the summer vacations, get lots of spending money and take a bunch of pictures, but at the end of the night, Orlando gets the one...(full article)

I've got the tiebreaker if the Big 12 wants to choose between USF and UCF. Take the school that isn't building a George O'Leary statue. If only it were funny. UCF, backed by privat...(full article)

It was a regular Monday in February, and I was back home in Fayetteville, N.C. I was exhausted from travel and a weekend in Atlanta, but it was my buddy’s birthday, so I went...(full article)

FOXBORO — The Patriots have no excuse not to keep their young defensive corps together after this season. Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio properly planned for the most important ...(full article)

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