Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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The Florida vs. Florida State rivalry will be renewed for the 54th time next Saturday in Gainesville, and when rating college football rivalries, here's one thing safe to say about this one: It's the best rivalry without a gimmick.

By that, I mean it doesn't have a name (The Big Game, The Game, The Red River Shootout, The World's Largest Outdoor ... oops ... almost said it). It also doesn't have a farm implement given to the winner (the old Oaken Bucket, Paul Bunyan's axe).

The game has never been played at a neutral site (except for two bowl meetings), so that novelty hasn't been a part of it.

Here are a few ideas:

- Give the winner of the game an orange squeezer.

- Possible names for the game are the Suwannee River Rumble or the Sunshine Shootout.

- Would it be that horrible to take the game to Orlando, Tampa or Jacksonville on some kind of limited basis and split the proceeds 50-50? Not sure Florida would ever go for that, because it has a situation like that with Georgia. What about opening a season or two with the game, such as FSU and Miami have done?

And there's probably just as strong a case to be made for simply leaving the game alone. With FSU holding a 17-16-1 record under coach Bobby Bowden, it appears to be a strong enough rivalry without the frills.


Life is good for Stanford athletics

The Cardinal football team has won its past three games, and six of eight. Stanford scored 55 points last week against preseason Pac-10 favorite USC and threw 51 the week before on Oregon. In the process, coach Jim Harbaugh is the flavor of the month and being mentioned for every job opening short of a Supreme Court vacancy.

That's not all. The women's basketball team is 3-0 and ranked second in the nation. The women's volleyball team is seventh in the nation. The men's cross country team just won its 12th Pac-10 championship and is ranked first in the nation. …

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