| October 18, 2013

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Sports on Earth | All part of the plan
Ask any coach from Jameis Winston's past and you'll get a similar story -- one of uncommon mental preparation to go along with his natural ability. On Saturday night at Clemson, Jameis Winston is a combination of preparation and natural ability. On Saturday he gets to bring his talents to a national stage.  Read more about this and other great college football stories Florida State's football prodigy gets his biggest chance to put all of it to use.
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The Birmingham News | How Auburn can upset Texas A&M
Auburn could easily over-think things as it heads into a pivotal game at No. 7 Texas A&M. The Tigers are ranked and looking to achieve something many of us thought was nearly impossible in the preseason: a spot near the top of the SEC West.
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Mercury News | Still time to recover
It's not difficult to envision Stanford emerging from this rugged midseason stretch with another loss or two and its string of Bowl Championship Series appearances in jeopardy. Can they save the season?
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