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Louisville CB Jaire Alexander ruled out of FSU game after aggravating knee injury in practice

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Florida State will be without two of its top wide receivers for Saturday’s ACC Atlantic showdown with Louisville.  Now, the Cardinals will be without one of the top members of its defensive secondary.

Ahead of its noon kickoff with FSU, the U of L announced that Jaire Alexander will be sidelined because of an injury this afternoon.  Per the school’s release, the cornerback suffered a setback with his knee in practice this week.

Alexander originally injured the knee in the season-opening win against Purdue, and has only played in three games this year because of it.

The junior defensive back started all 13 games for the Cardinals last season.  He earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play in the secondary, and was also a highly productive return man in the punt game.

At 2-3, the Seminoles will be looking to avoid its worst start to a season since Bobby Bowden‘s last season in 2009, while the Cardinals are trying to snap a two-game losing streak.

Florida State (again) down a pair of WRs for Louisville game

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As has been the case for the last couple of weeks, Florida State’s receiving corps will be at less than 100-percent health.

On its official injury report, FSU listed wide receivers George Campbell and Keith Gavin (pictured) as out for Saturday’s Week 8 game against Louisville.  Gavin will be sidelined because of an ankle injury, Campbell a hip issue.

Both receivers missed last weekend’s win over Duke. Campbell sustained his injury in the Week 5 loss to Wake Forest, while Gavin left the Miami loss because of his.

Gavin is currently third on the Seminoles in receptions (14) and receiving yards (134).  Campbell has six catches for 122 yards, which is fourth on the team.  His 20.3 yards per catch is tops on the ‘Noles.

One bright spot for this unit is the fact that Auden Tate, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury since the Week 4 loss to North Carolina State, is close to 100 percent per head coach Jimbo Fisher.  Tate currently leads the ‘Noles with 19 receptions for 312 yards, and has caught five of the six touchdown passes thrown by the team this season.

Midway through season, NC State sits alone atop ACC Atlantic

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Who didn’t see this one coming?  Correct answer: absolutely no one, almost.

Heading into the 2017 season, defending national champion Clemson and Florida State were the overwhelming picks to win the ACC Atlantic and the conference championship.  Not only that, but they were viewed as the league’s only realistic shot at a return to the College Football Playoffs.

With the seventh week of the season almost entirely in the books, and thanks in large part to Clemson spitting the bit Friday night, it’s North Carolina State that’s seated somewhat comfortably in the divisional driver’s seat following an impressive 35-17 win at Pitt.

If the Wolfpack is to win its first-ever divisional its and its first conference championship since 1979, however, they still have a couple of hurdles to clear.

While they’ve already knocked off Florida State and Louisville, they still have to face Clemson. The good news on that front, though, is that the Wolfpack gets the Tigers at home. Their other three conference opponents, Boston College, North Carolina and Wake Forest, are at the moment a combined 2-8 in ACC play.

Starting FSU guard Landon Dickerson suffers second straight season-ending injury

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When it comes to injuries, Landon Dickerson simply can’t buy a break.

In early November of last year, the Florida State offensive lineman suffered a torn ACL in his right knee that cost him the remainder of the year.  Fast-forward nearly a year, and Dickerson has met a similar fate as a right-ankle injury will knock him out for the rest of the 2017 season.

Dickerson suffered the injury in last Saturday’s loss to Miami, with the damage being surgically repaired Friday.

Prior to the injury, Dickerson had started the first four games at left guard for the Seminoles.  He started the last seven games as a true freshman before suffering the ACL tear.

With Dickerson out for the duration, he will be replaced by starting left tackle Derrick Kelly.  Kelly, in turn, will be replaced by redshirt freshman Josh Ball.

Odds for Round 3 of Alabama vs. Clemson are now on the board

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As college football begins to hit the midway point in the regular season, the list of championship contenders is beginning to be whittled down. As expected, Alabama and Clemson are still very much in the running, and the two appear to be on a collision course for a third-straight meeting in the College Football Playoff national championship game. And now we have a betting line for whether or not that will actually happen.

Bovada updated its national title odds on Monday as they do every week. Alabama remains the firm favorite with 5/4 odds this week, followed by Clemson at 15/4. Ohio State has the third-best odds once again this week with a 15/2 shot to win it all, followed by Penn State at 10/1. Penn State was previously tied with 12/1 odds with Oklahoma, but the Sooners losing at home to Iowa State led to a tumble in the odds for the Sooners, who are now listed with 25/1 odds to win the national championship.

Florida, Florida State, Louisville, and Utah were among the teams wiped off the board this week.

But if you want to bet on the national championship game being a rubber match between the Crimson Tide and Tigers, then Bovada welcomes your wagers. A bet on a third meeting between Alabama and Clemson currently has 3/1 odds (+300), while a “No” has 1/4 odds (-400). History would suggest a third consecutive meeting in the championship game is not likely to happen, but both schools have looked to be as close to heads and shoulders above the rest of the field as imaginable.