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College football winners and losers for Week 10: Florida is fun again and Georgia is done

When the Gators have contended for national titles, particularly in the Steve Spurrier Fun ‘n’ Gun era but also in Urban Meyer’s prime in Gainesville, they aired it out rather than rely on the traditional (though now anachronistic) SEC ground-and-pound model.

While Stetson Bennett IV wasn’t sharp, completing 5 of 16 for 78 yards, a touchdown and a pick, it’s difficult to pile on a former walk-on whose route from Athens to a junior college and back is worthy of respect.

Besides, the two names repeatedly mentioned in the offseason as successors to Jake Fromm (a three-year starter who turned pro after last season) were Jamie Newman and JT Daniels.

Now, Notre Dame (7-0, 6-0) needs to zip its way through its remaining regular season schedule (trips to Boston College, North Carolina and Wake Forest, as well as a home game against Syracuse) to solidify its playoff positioning.

Michael Penix Jr., who drew attention for his game-winning two-point conversion against Penn State two weeks ago, threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns against a struggling Michigan secondary that at times seemed invisible.

The Flames lined up for a 59-yard field goal to break a tie, and the Hokies blocked it and returned it for a touchdown as time expired … only Fuente had just gotten in the ol'’ ice-the-kicker timeout before the snap.

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