1. Deondre Francois is out for the season
Florida State officials confirmed that the knee injury sustained by quarterback Deondre Francois in the Noles’ Week 1 matchup against Alabama was in fact a season-ending patella tendon injury. The timeline for recovery is measured in months, and Francois won’t be ready to see the field until well after the 2017 season has ended.
The estimation of Florida State’s chances to win the ACC (previously +110 but trending higher) and the national title (previously +750 and now creeping up to +2500) are changing accordingly. Don’t let the impact stop there. Francois was massively important to this team. He is a special talent, the kind that occasionally shows up in Tallahassee, and his backup is a three-star true freshman. Even FSU’s Week 2 game against Louisiana-Monroe needs to account for his absence.
Betting tip: Clemson to win the ACC? Miami?
2. Jacob Eason is out, too
Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is also out with a knee injury, and he’ll miss the Bulldogs’ Week 2 game against Notre Dame. Notre Dame is sneaky good, and starting in Eason’s place is four-star true freshman Jake Fromm. Curiously, Georgia is now listed as a 4.5-point underdog after the UGA line opened at +6.5. Fromm has a tough day ahead of him filling Eason’s shoes. He is, by all accounts, an extremely talented young quarterback, and can lean on Nick Chubb and the Bulldogs’ top rushing attack, but still: he was playing in Little League World Series games six years ago, and on Saturday, he’ll be in Notre Dame Stadium in front of a very anxious fanbase.
Betting tip: Make your own decision about how important who the other guy in Nick Chubb’s backfield is, but Jake Fromm is very green, and the line has moved in a surprising direction.