Florida State wins ACC Championship, remains undefeated, but is it enough for CFP?


If the BCS system were still in the place, the Florida State Seminoles would be preparing to play in the National Championship game after their 37-35 victory over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the ACC Championship Game.

Instead, an undefeated Florida State squad now has to sweat it out as the College Football Playoff committee decides the team’s fate.

A 13-0 record used to automatically equate into being one of the best teams in college football. Yet there is very little faith in this year’s Seminoles.

Seven of the team’s games this season were decided by six points or less. Even the ACC Championship Game was a little too close for comfort as the Yellow Jackets drove the ball 97 yards in just over a minute to get within two points.

Florida State looked stellar on offense, though.

Quarterback Jameis Winston played arguably his best game of the season. Winston was 21-of-30 passing for 309 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, the redshirt sophomore didn’t make any mistakes. All season Winston was prone to throwing poor passes. The quarterback didn’t have a turnover against the Yellow Jackets.

Freshman running back Dalvin Cook also performed tremendously well. The young workhorse ran the ball 31 times for 177 yards with Florida State’s offensive line dominating up front.

However, the defense was another story.

Georgia Tech scored a touchdown on its first three possessions. And Florida State’s defense struggled to stop Paul Johnson‘s triple-option offense. The Yellow Jackets amassed a whopping 331 rushing yards.

Despite another close call and a lackluster performance on defense, Florida State emerged as the victor. The program continued to do so in each and every game this season.

The Seminoles haven’t lost a game since the 2012 season. That should carry some weight with the playoff committee.

What remains uncertain is exactly how the committee will eventually decide to decipher the best four teams.

Saturday’s outcomes were exactly helpful for Florida State.

The No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes absolutely demolished the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes are playing like one of the elite programs in the nation at this very moment.

The No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs entered the weekend ranked higher than Florida State and easily whipped an inferior Iowa State Cyclones Squad.

And the No. 6 Baylor Bears may have completed the most impressive victory by beating the No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats by 11 points.

It should be almost impossible for the playoff committee to keep Florida State out of a semifinal game, but the possibility still exists. An undefeated record and an ACC Championship should be enough to squeeze Florida State into the inaugural College Football Playoff. It’s just not a certainty.

Everyone will find out at 12:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday.

Hawaii removes WR Melquise Stovall from program

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Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich has announced the removal of wide receiver Melquise Stovall from the program, effective immediately. While no details about the removal from the program were given, Rolovich noted all players are held to certain standards that, apparently, Stovall was unable to meet.

“There are certain expectations required of a football student-athlete here at the University of Hawai’i,” Rolovich said in a released statement. “We hold all of our student-athletes to these standards and expect them to represent our football program to the highest degree. We wish Melquise the best as he moves forward.”

Stovall appeared in five games for Hawaii this season. In those five games, Stovall caught 18 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns. During his freshman year at Cal, Stovall caught 42 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns in 2016.

Miami’s N’Kosi Perry suffers shoulder injury after returning to starting lineup to replace injured Williams

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Well, this has to sting for the Miami Hurricanes. N’Kosi Perry, who recently was temporarily named the starting quarterback, suffered a shoulder injury in Miami’s loss over the weekend to Georgia Tech. The injury to Perry, a separated shoulder, was revealed to the media Monday by Miami offensive coordinator Dan Enos during a press conference according to The Miami Herald.

The shoulder injured is Perry’s left shoulder, his non-throwing shoulder. It is currently unknown how this injury may impact Perry’s availability for Miami’s road game this weekend at Pittsburgh.

“That’s up to our doctors and medical team to establish that,” Enos said.

Perry has started the last two games for Miami while starter Jarren Williams works his way back from his own shoulder injury. Williams did enter last weekend’s game in place of the injured Perry, but it is still unknown just when Williams will be ready to return to the starting role. With Perry’s status also now floating up in the air a bit, Miami could have a tough quarterback situation coming up this weekend against the Panthers. Third-string quarterback Tate Martell, who transferred from Ohio State after Justin Fields joined the Buckeyes from Georgia, would be the next in line for the Hurricanes if needed. But head coach Manny Diaz doesn’t seem to be thinking that will be necessary.

“We still have a package for Tate,” Diaz said. “But when I look at what we’re doing offensively now, and I look at our numbers … when Jarren has played and what N’Kosi has done over the last couple weeks have absolutely given us a chance to win all those games. And that’s nothing against Tate, but those guys are playing well.”

Whoever plays quarterback for Miami against the Panthers this week, it looks as though it will be either Perry or Williams.

Michigan safety J’Marick Woods enters transfer portal, looking to grad transfer

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While the Michigan Wolverines try to regroup and find a way to topple Notre Dame this week after a tough loss at Penn State, safety J’Marick Woods is the early stages of weighing his potential transfer options. Woods has reportedly entered the transfer portal.

As noted by Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic, Woods will be a graduate transfer, which will allow him to be eligible to play for any other FBS program next season. He has one final year of eligibility to use, so wherever he ends up will be for a one-year term.

Woods, a junior, has appeared in four games this season, in which he has recorded four tackles. Woods played in 11 games for Michigan last season and 12 games in 2017. The Alabama native may be better suited to finding a new opportunity as the Wolverines are in solid shape with depth in the secondary, and he was already playing a minimal role in the defense.

By entering the transfer portal, Woods is free to have contact with any other college football program interested in recruiting him to their program. Woods also has the option of pulling his name from the portal to remain at Michigan if he decides to stay put.

Injured Minnesota linebacker a game-time decision vs. Maryland

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are looking to improve to 8-0 for the first time since winning the national championship in 1941 with an 8-0 record. When Minnesota returns home to face Maryland, a decision on whether or not linebacker Kamal Martin will be made.

Martin injured his right knee in last weekend’s road game at Rutgers, but head coach P.J. Fleck told reporters on Monday there is a chance the injury was not too serious. Fleck said Martin will be a game-time decision after monitoring his progress throughout the week and checking with trainers and medical staff to evaluate his availability.

“I don’t have a specific answer yet,” Fleck said on Monday, according to The Star Tribune. “He’s still got a few more tests. But we got some really good news, and that’s where we’re at.”

It’s possible Minnesota may not need their leading tackler to take care of Maryland at home this week, but having Martin healthy and ready to go for their following game may be essential. Minnesota hosts No. 6 Penn State on Nov. 9. The Gophers will have a bye week after playing Maryland to provide more possible rest for Martin if needed. even if Martin is ruled out for Maryland, it sounds as though Fleck is optimistic Martin will get to play against the Nittany Lions. If things work out, it could be a clash of undefeated Big Ten teams few expected could happen before the start of the season.