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Meyer, of course, isn’t going anywhere. But both the offensive (Dan Mullen) and defensive (Charlie Strong) coordinators from his national championship teams are gone. They have clearly been missed and more change is likely coming to his staff this offseason.

While there is reason to believe the Gators will bounce back strong as soon as next season, wasn’t it just a couple of years ago that Florida looked as if it was on its way to replacing Southern California as the nation’s marquee program?

Put it all together and Florida State is at this moment the most stable of Florida’s Big Three programs heading, which hasn’t been the case in years.

“The dynamics of teams and programs, the way the organizations are run is the key,” Fisher said. “It’s so hard to get to the top and it’s even harder to stay there.

“Hopefully we can keep it going in the right direction.”

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Daniel Thomas ran for 269 yards in Kansas State’s 49-41 victory against North Texas and he wasn’t even the game’s leading rusher. Lance Dunbar of the Mean Green had 270 yards rushing. Since 1996, only one other time has a game involving Division I teams had players on each side rush for more than 250 yards, according to STATS, LLC.

On Sept. 28, 2002, Muhammad Abdulqaadir of I-AA Southern Illinois ran for 312 yards and Eastern Michigan’s Ime Akpan had 251 yards rushing.

In games involving two major college teams, only twice since 1996 has each side had a runner go for at least 225 yards, according to STATS.

In 1996, Mike Lawrence of Kansas State ran for 252 and Iowa State’s Troy Davis had 225. In 2003, Chris Barclay of Wake Forest ran for 243 and Maryland’s Bruce Perry had 237.

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QUICK HITS

_ Bowl and NCAA officials must have been relieved when Georgia beat Georgia Tech 42-34 on Saturday night. The Bulldogs improved to 6-6 and became the 70th major college team to become bowl eligible. That’s the amount needed to fill 35 bowls this postseason. There was some concern early in the season that there might not be enough bowl-eligible teams and an exception would have to be made to let 5-7 teams in to fill the spots.

_ Connecticut needs to beat South Florida to win the Big East and go the BCS with an 8-4 record. Three other teams have reached the BCS with eight victories. Stanford (8-4) in 1999 as Pac-10 champion, Pitt (8-4) in 2004 as Big East champions and Florida State (8-5) in 2005 as ACC champion. If UConn loses at USF, West Virginia would win the Big East with a victory against Rutgers, giving it nine for the season.

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