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NBC 6 Weekend Football Preview: Bye for Some, Tank for Others

What to Know

  • Before the games can be played, we rank up each game with our NBC 6 not-so-scientific-system.

It was a good weekend for most of the South Florida football teams last weekend. Okay, it was an okay weekend. Okay, fine…just one team out of the group one and the others essentially looked like hot garbage…is that better?

The reality is that on paper the three main teams in Miami-Dade County have combined for a total of – wait for it – three wins. Add that to the fact that just one is in action this week and it’s not the best weekend to be a football fan in the 305.

That being said, the one game taking place could be the final chance for a long while that the Dolphins have a chance to win – while in the college game, one of the state’s big three programs faces their most important game of the season in hopes of turning things around.

Of course, before the games can be played, we rank up each game with our NBC 6 not-so-scientific-system.

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CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jay Ajayi #23 of the Miami Dolphins eludes Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers as he rushes to gain during the game at the StubHub Center on September 17, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday)

So, the good news last weekend for the men in aqua is that they scored six points against Dallas after being shut out the week before. The bad news? They gave up 31 points and continue their road to what looks like a season with so few wins you don’t even need a full hand to count them.

Last weekend saw the start of the Josh Rosen era at quarterback – an era that saw him complete less than 50 percent of his passes and be sacked three times. This week, he faces a Chargers team that ranks 19th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed but also comes in with a two game losing streak and doesn’t want to be the team that actually loses to what could be the worst team in league history.

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Defensive End Bradley Chubb #9 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack rushes in on Quarterback James Blackmon #1 of the Florida State Seminoles during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on September 23, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. NC State defeated Florida State 27 to 21. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Florida State Seminoles vs. NC State Wolfpack (Saturday)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Noles blew yet another halftime lead last weekend and lost their starting quarterback to an injury – but the left arm of backup QB Alex Hornibrook led them on two touchdown drives that has fans wondering if the corner is finally turned.

If the Noles want any hope of getting back to a bowl game, they need to beat a team they haven’t defeated since 2016 – because with two losses already, the garnet and gold can’t afford another setback no matter how much easier the second half of the season’s schedule looks this year as opposed to 2018.

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Florida Gators vs. Towson Tigers (Saturday)

Last week, the orange and blue started the Kyle Trask era at quarterback with a convincing 34-3 win – and while it was against a depleted former rival in Tennessee, it did the job of giving the Gators confidence that their new starter can get the job done.

With this week being a nearly sure win against their FCS foe – and with games coming up against top 10 ranked teams like Auburn, LSU and Georgia – the main goal is to get out of The Swamp without Trask or any other starters going down with serious injuries.

Other State Games

In the college game, both FAMU and Bethune Cookman are on the road as the Ratters take on Norfolk State and the Wildcats face Howard. FAU is also on the road against Charlotte while UCF, after losing their first regular season game since 2016, returns home to face UConn.

In the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the road for a showdown with the Los Angeles Rams while the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the mile high city to face the Denver Broncos.

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