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Miami's up, FSU's down and Lane Kiffin is trolling along in a wild year for football in Florida
Leave it to Lane Kiffin to summarize the state of college football across Florida:
"Who would have thought that we'd be sitting here at this time of year and have more wins than Florida and Florida State combined?" he asked at his weekly news conference. "That's pretty neat."
Yet his Florida Atlantic team is not the only one that can make that claim.
So can Miami.
Then there is FIU, with the same number of wins as the Seminoles and Gators combined.
If folks are depressed and despondent north of Orlando watching Florida State and Florida struggle to 3-6 records, fans are riding Lane Trains and wearing Turnover Chains down south. An offseason that turned the spotlight on the state thanks to bold coaching hires and College Football Playoff expectations has turned in unpredictable ways.So unpredictable, in fact, it is tough to choose which qualifies as the biggest surprise this season:
Is it preseason playoff favorite Florida State struggling to its worst season since 1976?
Is it undefeated Miami, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff ranking with its first ACC Coastal Division title?
Is it undefeated UCF, with a coach in Scott Frost who has quickly emerged as one of the hottest names in the country?
Is it flailing Florida, now searching for its third coach since the 2014 season?
Is it surging FAU, off to its best start in Conference USA play as Kiffin keeps trolling along?
Statistically speaking, the least probable among all these scenarios is what has happened at Florida State. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Seminoles had a 0.2 percent chance to be 3-6 or worse when the season began.
But it is not as if what has happened at the other FBS schools in the state had a statistically favorable chance of happening, either. All these schools have produced eyebrow-raising moments, all for different reasons.
That has kept the spotlight on the state as teams begin their stretch runs, with conference championships, playoff possibilities, New Year's Six hopes and program reboots hanging in the balance.
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