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Florida State football, recruiting news: Is the ACC why the Big 12 has cable problems?

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Pete Thamel of Campus Rush broke down the chances of the Big 12 expanding, having a cable network and hosting a title game ahead of the conference's meetings. In the cable network issue, Thamel directly references the ACC's imminent deal for this problem.

Without having seen the data, this is the hardest area to project. On the one hand, there's a narrative that says cord cutters (internet and mobile viewing experiences) are killing traditional cable. The Pac-12 Network's struggles have shown that just having a network doesn't guarantee success, as broadcasting has entered an era of stiffer distribution resistance. The counter-argument is the ACC's imminent deal. The Big 12's biggest problem—outside of its Longhorn Network albatross—is that it lacks leverage. ESPN owns all of the ACC's content, so there's a distinct incentive to create an outlet for it. The Big 12 content is owned by Fox and ESPN, and the third-tier rights are scattered throughout the league. (The Big 12 pays members about $23 million per school, a number that can be bumped to $27 million because of certain schools' third-tier rights.)

If the Big 12 does expand, it's expected to be able to "stay whole," meaning its members won't make less money by splitting the television pie 12 ways instead of 10, even if the conference adds two pedestrian options.

But there's no magic bullet for a precipitous increase, which could lead some league members to prefer staying put. It's important to remember that an expansion decision would require the approval of eight of ten schools, but if one of the two dissenters is Texas, it's hard to imagine the league going against their objections.

Bill Connelly of SB Nation continued his daily preview of every college football team with Florida State opponent Wake Forest today. Connelly says that the goal for that team is to keep building toward 2017 and expects the Deamon Deacons to win roughly seven games this year. He goes on to say the biggest threat to opponents is the pass rush, adding the cornerback duo of Brad Watson and Dionte Austin could strive.

Four-star defensive end and FSU signee Brian Burns released a video, giving a hint of what is to come once he arrives in Tallahassee.


Tight ends coach and FSU football recruiter Tim Brewster is looking forward to this weekend-- is something exciting going to happen soon?

2017 four-star outside linebacker Markail Benton released his top three schools today, with Florida State included alongside Auburn and Alabama. The Phenix City (Al.) native is ranked 87th overall in the nation according to the 247 composite rankings.

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Florida State softball began their Women's College World Series run losing to Georgia. They will look to bounce back when they face UCLA on Saturday.

FSU basketball alum Jeff Peterson was promoted to assistant GM of the Atlanta Hawks. Peterson finished his collegiate basketball career in Tallahassee and earned a master's degree in marketing from FSU.