Week 7 in the ACC is in the books. Once again, there weren’t any marquee games on the docket, but there are some big story lines coming out of the week that could potentially have major implications as the season continues. But first, let’s look at the results from the past week in the conference:
Clemson defeated Louisville 23-17
Boston College defeated NC State defeated 30-14
#6 Notre Dame defeated North Carolina 50-43
Duke defeated #22 Georgia Tech 31-25
#1 Florida State defeated Syracuse 38-20
Miami defeated Cincinnati 55-34
This upcoming Saturday is the biggest matchup within the conference of the year so far. Similar to other big time games in the PAC 12 and the SEC, this game will have a major impact on the college football playoff, as #2 Florida State takes on #5 Notre Dame.
Now the number two beside Florida State might come as a surprise to some people, as Mississippi State supplanted the Seminoles for the top spot in the country after three consecutive victories against top-10 ranked teams in as many weeks. While Florida State is still in the middle of their longest winning streak in school history, their resume right now does not stack up to the Bulldogs, who are ranked as the top team in college football for the first time in school history. But FSU will have a chance to get a major win against a very impressive Notre Dame team this weekend in the battle of top fives.
Staying with Florida State, their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston is currently under another investigation. According to reports from this past weekend, Winston signed several hundred autographed pieces of memorabilia that were authenticated by a single company, bringing into question whether or not Winston received some form of compensation for his signatures. FSU’s Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has come out in defense of Winston, but there have been several similar cases to this latest one in recent years, including a case that occurred just last week with Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Gurley has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly signing dozens of pieces of memorabilia in exchange for money. If Winston is found guilty of signing autographs for money, he too might be suspended by either Florida State, or more likely, the NCAA.
This latest controversy is just another one in the long line of controversies for the 20-year old college superstar. Currently, he is also being investigated by the school for whether or not he broke the student code of conduct through a sexual assault case that was dismissed criminally last year.
Florida State is in the midst of a championship run. But if they lose their star quarterback, those dreams of a championship repeat could come to a screeching halt. Let’s see if all of the distractions surrounding Winston have an impact on the team in their game this weekend against Notre Dame.