In the age of neutral site games, Florida State has decided to one-up everyone else and have their Spring Game at a neutral site:
“The short term construction challenges of building the Champions Club in Doak Campbell stadium have provided a unique opportunity for our 2016 spring football game,” said Wilcox. “We are pleased to offer our fans greater access to Florida State football at an exciting and refurbished venue in one of the best destinations cities in the world. Moving the game to Orlando and partnering with Steve Hogan and his staff at Florida Citrus Sports will allow us to platform the game and Florida State athletics in exciting and unique new ways.”
If I remember correctly, during renovations to the Big House, Michigan elected to have their Spring Game across the street at
Pioneer (ed: Saline)and close it to the public. I like the idea of instead having it in a location central within the state, giving fans who might not want to drive the 6 hours from Miami an opportunity to attend.
Florida State was trailing Miami (YTM) 62-47 with 4:38 to play last night in their ACC matchup in Miami. That's when freshman G Xavier Rathan-Mayes did something that might be hard to do in a video game. He went on to score 30 points in the game's remaining minutes...and the Seminoles still lost, 81-77! Rathan-Mayes hit six threes, two lay-ups and eight free throws in the final 4:38 of the contest, finishing with a season-high 35 points. It was his second 35-point game of the season, with the other coming against UNC in January.
He was the #30 recruit in the country in the class of 2014, per Rivals, with offers from a whole host of schools, including Kentucky, Illinois and UConn. Michigan didn't recruit him, as far as I can tell. While he has gone off a few times this season, you could definitely call him a chucker. Rathan-Mayes attempts 12 FGs per game, 5.2 from three and only shoots .411/.274/.694. To his credit, he also averages 4.5 APG, against 3.5 TOs.
After that dissappointing loss let's have a separate thread to differentiate this hopefully much better game from that poor showing. Game starts at 7:00 p.m on ESPN. GO BLUE!
Last one, heald in the Grand Daddy of them all!
Florida State is favored by 13 on a neutral field, by some ESPN bottom line metric. Will Jameis Winston with the Heisman and MNC and end the SEC's run of 6 straight?
Auburn is the self-proclaimed team of destiny. Will they have one more miracle tonight?
Line: FSU - 10.5
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SLIGHT MOD EDIT - Not really OT for our purposes. We'll make this the open thread. - LSA
The ULM/Arkansas St game may be the more entertaining game tonight.
The College World Series kicks off in about 30 minutes with two games on today's schedule:
1 p.m. (Central), TCU vs. Florida State
6 p.m. (Central), Florida vs. UCLA
While no game is a bad game, the first one definitely has my attention. TCU is starting a true freshman, but don't let that fool you. The kid was drafted as a first rounder out of high school but passed up the money to play for the Horned Frogs. Purke is the real deal. Just be prepared to hear way too many times about his cockeyed hat and fist pumping. Florida State is as hot as they come. They feel as if they were sleighted by the NCAA committee for not getting to host a regional as a #1 seed. They instead were shipped to UCONN. The Seminoles are one of the strongest overall teams in the bracket.
Game two is also really good. I think I favor Florida who has the best pitching and defense in the tournament. UCLA is still somewhat young, but they did come out of the toughest bracket, beating LSU, UC Irvine, and a super regional against Cal State Fullerton.
Should be good games in what is the last CWS Opening day in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.