Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/6/14
After opening the season with a pair of blowout losses, Alabama State coach Lewis Jackson hopes his players will learn what it takes to tangle with the best teams in the NCAA. The Hornets fell 84-35 to No. 10 Florida on Sunday in a game that was lopsided from the opening minutes. The Gators were up 47-9 at halftime in their delayed opener and led by as many as 57 points. The lopsided defeat came just two days after Alabama State lost 97-53 at Middle Tennessee. The Hornets (0-2) go to Central Florida on Tuesday before returning home. ''We schedule a tough non-conference preseason schedule so we can see where we are and if we can compete at a high level,'' Jackson said. ''It gives the guys a chance to play at a place like Florida and play the teams they see on television.'' ''Hopefully when we get back, they'll know how hard they have to compete so they can come to practice every day with a new attitude,'' he said. The Gators (1-0) overmatched Alabama State at both ends of the c...
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