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Subject: Fallout From Deondre Francois Injury

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Date Posted: 21:54:23 09/03/17 Sun

Florida State just announced that starting quarterback Deondre Francois is out for the season after injuring his knee during garbage time at the end of last night's loss to Alabama. The Seminoles instantly go from favorites to win the ACC to who knows what. They'll be starting a freshman behind center next Saturday.

I hope that Francois' devastating injury does not reverse one clear benefit from the College Football Playoff system, the increased willingness of top programs to play tough, meaningful out-of-conference games early in the season. Last year was the high water mark for this attitude when Ohio State's early victory in Norman, Oklahoma caused the committee to pick OSU for the playoff when the Buckeyes lost to the Big Ten champion and did not even win their division.

I'm afraid that coaches will now say that the risk of injury scares them into playing the traditional cupcakes at home the first two or three games of the season.

It's a real shame for Francois, who by all accounts is a terrific kid deserving of a full recovery from this setback.

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Date Posted: 00:10:57 09/04/17 Mon

Maybe so, but it's hard to overlook the juice a team gets from a rousing opening win over a power opponent, like we just saw with UCLA's comeback over Texas A&M.

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