In the Crosshairs

Saints rally to defeat Bucs, win NFC South

Saints rally to defeat Bucs, win NFC South

Ken Cross

December 10 That was normalized Sunday in the New Orleans Saints’ 28-14 win in Tampa Bay which saw the Buccaneers dominate the first half, then get dominated in the second half as the Saints won the NFC South for the second consecutive season. FULL STORY

Michigan St. holds off Florida behind Langford, Ahrens

Michigan St. holds off Florida behind Langford, Ahrens

Ken Cross

December 08 The Florida Gators withstood the continuous pounding of the Michigan State half-court offense and the clutch play of guard Josh Langford, but couldn’t maintain the rush of guard Kyle Ahrens in Saturday’s 63-59 loss to the Spartans. FULL STORY

No. 8 UCF overcomes early deficit to beat Memphis

No. 8 UCF overcomes early deficit to beat Memphis

Ken Cross

December 03 Saturday afternoon, we saw UCF freshman quarterback Darriel Mack grow into his role as a college football quarterback within it’s 56-41 win over Memphis for the AAC championship. FULL STORY

Tampa Bay uses defense to upset Panthers

Tampa Bay uses defense to upset Panthers

Ken Cross

December 02 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense took centerstage in Sunday’s 24-17 win over the Carolina Panthers. The unit had been much maligned all season with lots of rookies and new players on that side of the football. FULL STORY

UCF Wins I-4 War, But Loses Milton

UCF Wins I-4 War, But Loses Milton

Ken Cross

November 26 Talk about the collective air being taken out of a football stadium, that happened in the worst way early in the second quarter of UCF’s 38-10 win over South Florida on Friday. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton went around right end for what appeared to be a first down FULL STORY

In the Crosshairs: Week 13 ACC, Pac-12 Picks

In the Crosshairs: Week 13 ACC, Pac-12 Picks

Ken Cross

November 21 Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew has had one of the best seasons of any quarterback in Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense. With 36 touchdowns against only seven interceptions, the Huskies’ defense could be put on notice early. FULL STORY

UCF Wins Big in AAC Showdown

UCF Wins Big in AAC Showdown

Ken Cross

November 19 Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while UCF turned in its best defensive effort, wire-to-wire, of the season in dispatching No. 19 Cincinnati, 38-13, Saturday evening. FULL STORY

In the Crosshairs: ACC, Pac-12 Week 12 Picks

In the Crosshairs: ACC, Pac-12 Week 12 Picks

Ken Cross

November 14 Syracuse could be a thorn in the side of Notre Dame with its up-tempo, quick strike offense, which is led dual-threat quarterback Eric Dungey, one of America's top playmakers. FULL STORY

Bucs Get Yards, Not Points, in Loss to Redskins

Bucs Get Yards, Not Points, in Loss to Redskins

Ken Cross

November 12 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers set one of those inauspicious records on Sunday. They had over 500 yards of total offense, but only three points in a frustrating 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. FULL STORY

Gators use ground game to rally past Gamecocks

Gators use ground game to rally past Gamecocks

Ken Cross

November 11 If you know college football, you know Dan Mullen loves the running game and he loves it even more when his team can put up 367 yards on 62 carries like the Gators did Saturday in Florida’s 35-31 come-from-behind victory over South Carolina. FULL STORY