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Sunshine Seven Week 6: Canes Come Up Short

Each week the State of The U reviews what went on in the State of Florida. Who rose? Who fell? Check out the story below.

The Noles broke away from the Canes in the end.
The Noles broke away from the Canes in the end.
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Thoughts From This Week

Miami Can't Stop Dalvin Cook, Lose to Florida State

The players gave good effort on both sides and added another storied chapter to the rivalry that is FSU versus Miami. In this installment, FSU broke out to the early lead in the first half (20-10) but Miami stormed back and even took lead late into the fourth quarter. However, under the steady hand of Evert Golson and the quick bursts of Dalvin Cook FSU took back the lead and Miami couldn't go down the field at the end of the game to retake the lead.

Now both teams focus on winning a birth into the Conference Championship game. FSU obviously has the easier trek in that they have Louisville and Clemson standing in their way to Charlotte. Miami simply hasn't proven that they can run the table in their division but they do have an opportunity to prove it coming up as they only have conference games left on their schedule.

Florida Improves to 6-0 and then Promptly Losses Their QB for the Season due to an NCAA Infraction

Monday was as shocking a day in college football when it came to breaking news. The first volley was that Steve Sarkisian at Southern California was relieved of his head coaching duties. The second report of the day that broke was that Will Grier, the upstart freshmen quarterback for the newly minted 6-0 Florida Gators was suspended for the season due to illicit substance use. The last earth shattering news was that the Ole Ball Coach would retire effective immediately.

The second bit of news is what we're worried about and rightfully so. Grier was cementing himself as the starting QB for the Gators, many could argue there was no doubt of his role moving forward. However, now that he has been suspended for the rest of this season and six games into the next, Treon Harris must step in again and lead the offense. We'll have to see how he can pick up the pieces on offense next week given that he plays against the LSU Tigers at Death Valley. Good luck.

Central Florida Loses in "Rivalry Game" Against UCONN

Even with Justin Holman's return from the hand injury from earlier in the season the Knights were no match for a motivated and disciplined UCONN team. Holman showed the rust of being on the bench for the first quarter of the season by throwing three interceptions and in the end this game was over by halftime (26-3 at the first half gun).

Another note to pass along about UCF, earlier this week it was reported that Head Football Coach George O'Leary would be stepping down as the interim Athletic Director. This is big news in the sense that it may look to be a possible "beginning of the end" for him in Orlando. If UCF hires a full time AD, expect for that person to either bring in "his guy" or demand many changes to the football staff in the future.

Florida International Destroys UTEP through the Air

Alex McGough completed just 13 of his 17 passing attempts but raked in 270 yards and two touchdowns in yet another game that was over at halftime (42-3). The ground game was solid as well rushing for 150 yards on 31 carries so not a bad clip there too. Head Coach Ron Turner must keep his Golden Panthers focused for the rest of the season. They currently are ranked third in the East Division with those ranked ahead of them (Marshall and Western Kentucky) being the last two opponents on the schedule.

USF's Offense Erupts Versus Syracuse, Knock off Orangemen

Just like FIU, USF's offense blew up in week 6. However, instead of crushing the Orange through the air they stomped them out on the ground as well (see what I did there?!). Marlon Mack yet again paced the offense with 20 carries for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns. Throw in Quinton "Wanky" Flowers throwing for 259 yards as well as rushing for 55 yards and you have a lot of total offense going on in this contest. This contest could be really big for USF as they really haven't had much offense or an identity to speak of in 2015. If they can keep the rhythm going they could pull out a bowl big by the end of the season.

Results From The Week

1- Florida: 6-0, 4-0

Next Week's Opponent: @ LSU

Last Week's Opponent: @ Missouri, Won 21 - 3

2- Florida State: 5-0, 3-0

Next Week's Opponent: Louisville

Last Week's Opponent: Miami, Won 29 - 24

3- Miami: 3-2, 0-1

Next Week's Opponent: Virginia Tech

Last Week's Opponent: @ Florida State, Lost 29 - 24

4- Florida International University: 3-3, 1-1

Next Week's Opponent: @ Middle Tennessee State

Last Week's Opponent: UTEP, Won 52 -12

5- South Florida: 2-3, 0-1

Next Week's Opponent: @ UCONN

Last Week's Opponent: Syracuse, Won 45 - 24

6- Florida Atlantic University: 1-4, 1-1

Next Week's Opponent: Marshall

Last Week's Opponent: Rice, Lost 27 -  26

7- Central Florida 0-6, 0-2

Next Week's Opponent: @ Temple

Last Week's Opponent: UCONN, Lost 40 - 13

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