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Florida upsets Florida State, keeping all-SEC BCS championship possible


And, yes, Florida State was a touchdown favorite heading into today’s game against Florida despite the fact that the Gators had the higher ranking. Therefore, No. 6 UF’s 37-26 win over the No. 10 Seminoles was technically an upset.

But the Gators have a chance to upset more people outside Tallahassee if they become part of an all-SEC BCS championship game. That would be the second year in a row the SEC has accomplished such a feat and SEC fatigue has never been higher, either. Of course, that’s going to depend solely on what happens tonight between top-ranked Notre Dame and USC. If the Irish can win, one spot in the title game will be secure.

If the Irish lose, however, things get a bit more interesting.

Since both Alabama and Georgia took care of their respective business today, those two are on a path to a defacto national semifinal in Atlanta for the SEC championship next week. Florida, meanwhile, doesn’t have to worry about another loss. In fact, the Gators have quality wins over Florida State, South Carolina, LSU and Texas A&M.

Name any team in college football with a better BCS resume than that. It’s certainly not Oregon. Even at one loss, the Ducks needed way too much help to have a title shot. If Stanford beats UCLA tonight, neither Oregon nor Florida will be playing in their respective conference championships. Yet both will be in the BCS championship hunt.

If it comes down to it — meaning if Notre Dame loses to the Trojans — voters may have to decide between style points (Oregon) and body of work (Florida). Or, whether they want to prevent another all-SEC BCS championship game. Keep in mind that Florida has a No. 2 computer average, whereas Oregon’s is currently No. 7. That will factor in to the decision as well.

As will tonight’s game between the Irish and the Trojans. If Notre Dame can roll, this discussion is moot. If USC prevails, get ready for BCS drama all over again.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah