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College Football Saturday Week 6: Florida stops LSU, FSU collapses

Florida and LSU play the biggest game involving a Florida team this weekend, but Miami takes on a titan and Florida State tries to stay undefeated.

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LSU LB Kevin Minter exhausted by humidity

In the loss on Saturday, Kevin Minter eventually could no longer fight the humidity.

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Gators' physical play key in wins

Florida's physical play against the LSU Tigers helped propel the Gators to a 14-6 victory on Saturday.

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The 7th Floor reacts to Miami loss to Notre Dame

The Miami Hurricanes did not have answers Saturday against Notre Dame, as they were defeated 41-3. Miami seemed to have its opportunities in the beginning with Stephen Morris dialing it, but his receivers were unable to help him out. Morris had two touchdown passes within his grasp, but was unable to pull them down.

What obviously hurt Miami worst was the 21-point third quarter the Irish put on them. Prior to that, the halftime score was, 13-3 and the Hurricanes were still in the game. But Miami couldn't stop a nose bleed on defense, particularly run defense. Notre Dame was able to bully the Hurricanes' interior to compile 376 yards on the ground. Two Notre Dame running backs went for over 100 yards rushing.

Here's some insight from the SB Nation Miami blog The 7th Floor:

Give credit to the Irish, they clearly controlled the tempo. Miami was a fast break team, forced to play a half court game. The penalties and dropped passes hurt, but the run defense continued to be beyond porous, and this ultimately was the biggest factor in the game. Manto T'eo and ND's defense were also very stingy, and did a good job of stopping UM when they didn't stop themselves.

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Florida Gators move to No. 4 in AP poll

The Florida Gators moved up six spots in the Associated Press college football poll after a 14-6 victory over LSU, who was ranked six spots ahead of Florida last week.

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Florida, FSU, Miami: "Back," in a sense

After another seismic Saturday in college football, Florida, Florida State and Miami are all back ... to where they were a few years ago, anyway.

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Is the Gators' defense elite? UF fans react to 5-0

The Florida Gators are 5-0 despite having slow starts in all five of those games. They are finishing strong and proving there isn't a team in the nation they can't compete with. That's not bad for a group that came into the season with a bit of uncertainty, planning to run a two-quarterback system.

All of that is just about forgotten now, especially after the Gators pulled off a 14-6 win against the LSU Tigers Saturday. Like Andy Hutchins at Alligator Army wrote Sunday morning, it's the best win of the Will Muschamp era.

Let's get down to the important stuff, though. This is the SEC, so at the end of the day, the discussion goes back to defense. Here's Hutchins:

I guess a stingy front seven plus a stingy secondary equals an elite defense? Or maybe the qualification for that is being yet to give up more than 20 points in 2012? Or is it giving up no points in the fourth quarter and one touchdown in the second half? Can someone tell me what, exactly, makes an elite defense, or do I just get to tell you that Florida's is that and have you believe me?

Whether you believe him or not, after Saturday, LSU could tell you how it feels.

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4th-and-goal TD leads to Wolfpack upset of FSU

The previously-unbeaten No. 3 Florida State Seminoles were upset by N.C. State on Saturday, after leading 16-0 at halftime.

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Florida State in control at halftime

The Florida State defense dominated NC State in the first half as they lead 16-0.

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Gators upend Tigers in the Swamp

The No. 3 LSU Tigers were toppled Saturday afternoon with RB Mike Gillislee and the Florida Gators pulling off a 14-6 upset at home.

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Gators finally break through, lead 14-6 in 4th

With the injuries piling up to LSU's linebacker core, the Florida Gators were able to put together their best drive of the game and now lead 14-6 early in the fourth quarter.

Florida's opening drive out of the half didn't get very far but when they got the ball back, they'd finally catch a break. Injuries to Kwon Alexander (ankle) and Kevin Minter (cramps) had the Tigers reeling and the Gators took advantage, moving 85 yards in eight plays. RB Mike Gillislee would then easily slash through LSU's front seven for a 12-yard rushing touchdown to put Florida ahead 7-6.

LSU's responded well with QB Zach Mettenberger finding WR Odell Beckham for a 56-yard strike. But upon further review, Beckham actually fumbled at the end of the play and the ball was given back to Florida on their own 23.

And for the second consecutive drive, Gillislee ate LSU's backup linebackers alive compiling 45 yards on the possession including a 12-yard score.

The Gators now lead 14-6 with a little under 11 minutes left in the contest but LSU just converted a long third down and are driving.

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LSU leads Florida 6-0 at half in defensive battle

LSU and Florida are in a defensive struggle in the swamp with the Tigers leading 6-0 at the half thanks largely to a miscue from the Gators at the end of the half.

The Tigers opened the game with a steady 64-yard drive to set up a 31-yard Drew Alleman field goal. From there, though, there wasn't a lot of movement from either team.

Both teams traded five straight punts before a Jaylen Watkins interception off of LSU QB Zach Mettenberger set up Florida nicely to finally get on the board. Kevin Minter clearly had different plans, though, as the junior linebacker sacked Jeff Driskel on both 2nd and 3rd down to end the Gators rally before it could ever begin.

Florida had another chance later in the second when Driskel put together a 46-yard drive but once again their momentum was killed when WR Frankie Hammond coughed up the ball on LSU's 22-yard line.

The Gators would continue their theme of shooting themselves in the foot when DT Bennie Logan forced a fumble off a sack of Driskel deep in Florida territory. The Gators had a opportunity to recover but lineman James Wilson muffed the recovery and deflected the ball even closer to the endzone for LSU.

But the Florida defense ultimately stood strong on their own seven yard line after WR Terrence Magee couldn't find a receiver out of a designed jump pass:

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With the Tigers being held to just field goals, the Gators considered themselves lucky, taking a knee to end the half. The Gators will get the ball coming out of the locker room to begin act two.

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USF falls at Temple, 37-28

The Temple Owls put up a bevy of points in the second half and held off South Florida by blocking a late field goal attempt to win 37-28.

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