Florida-FSU downturn, two Sun Belt recruiting commitments for 2018

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Louisiana-Lafayette gained another pledge for the 2018 football class and an Opelousas product will play his college football at Texas State.

But first, we look at just how far the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles programs have fallen.

Back in the day, the Seminoles and Gators squared off for national supremacy in many past matchups, but this season’s meeting will be quite the opposite. Both teams are 3-6.

For the Florida Gators, who play UAB on Saturday, November 18, most recently had a 4-8 record in 2013 under Will Muschamp. UF went 4-7 in both 1971 and 1978 under Doug Dickey. This season, the Gators are scoring at a 20.5 point per game clip and allowing 28.3 points per outing.

Florida State did suffer a major setback when standout sophomore Deondre Francois went down with a season-ending injury against Alabama in the season opener. The ‘Noles will host Delaware State Nov. 18 before the in-state tilt.

FSU went 3-8 in 1975 under coach Darrell Mudra after going just 1-10 the year prior. Bobby Bowden guided the Seminoles to a 5-6 mark during his inaugural campaign in 1976 before the ‘Noles started rolling.

Something has got to give when the Sunshine state rivals square off in the season finale Nov. 25.

ULL added their 4th pledge with defensive end Darrian McMillan (6-3, 255) from Butler JUCO. He considered offers from Toledo, UCA and Alcorn before opting for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Wide receiver August Pitre (6-2, 171) from Northwest High School in Opelousas, La. decided that Texas State will be his college football destination. Before selecting the Bobcats,

Pitre rejected offers from Navy, Jackson State and Southern U. with Tulane closely monitoring the situation. He represents the 21st commitment for the Bobcats for the ’18 class.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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