LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (and his prolific Sharpie) is not the only Atlantic Coast Conference football player kicking up headlines that make ACC commissioner John Swofford flinch.

North Carolina State, Louisville's opponent this weekend, is also in the news – and for more than their 11-game ACC losing streak.

Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren has suspended seven players for the trip to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Saturday because of their alleged involvement with BB guns in an off-campus incident.

N.C. State (4-3) doesn't have many impact players, but one of them, freshman Jerod Fernandez, won't play against Louisville because of the suspension. Fernandez is the third-leading tackler in the ACC and tops with N.C. State.

According to Joe Giglio of the News and Observer in Raleigh,
 starting safety Josh Jones will also not play.

North Carolina State already ranked 13th in the ACC total defense, allowing more than 398 yards per game. Only North Carolina is worse. This is about the best news the Louisville offense could expect as the Cards try to create momentum for their final five games.


1. (1 last week) Florida State (6-0) – Is there any chance somebody can get me a Jameis Winston-signed copy of these ratings?

2. (2) Clemson (4-2) – Hard to believe that a team with
offense can be the second-best team in the league, isn't it?

3. (4) Virginia (4-2) – The world is about to change for the Cavaliers. After playing five of their first six at home, they play three of the next four on the road.

4. (5) Louisville (5-2) – Two plays from being the second-best team in these ratings. Two.

5. (7) Duke (5-1) – That was a nice win at Georgia Tech Saturday. David Cutcliffe is a fine coach. Really impressive.

6. (8) Boston College (4-2) – The Eagles get their crack against Clemson Saturday in lovely Chestnut Hill.

7. (3) Georgia Tech (4-1) – So much for that Top 25 ranking.

8. (9) Miami (4-3) – The Hurricanes have a week to prepare for their visit to Virginia Tech.

9. (10) Virginia Tech (4-2) – The Hokies have a shot to extend their winning streak to three at Pittsburgh.

10. (6) North Carolina State (4-3) – Four meaningless wins, three ugly defeats, seven damaging suspensions, one struggling program.

11. (11) Pittsburgh (3-3) – You can watch the Panthers try to stop their three-game losing streak against Virginia Tech Thursday night, but I'll be watching baseball.

12. (12) Syracuse (2-4) – If the Orange fail to win at Wake Forest Saturday it's going to get really ugly.

13. (13) North Carolina (2-4) – The Tar Heels are the most disappointing program in the ACC – and it isn't close.

14. (14) Wake Forest (2-4) – I'll go ahead and call it – Wake gets its first ACC win against Syracuse Saturday.

SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast College Football Knowledge.

TACKLING MACHINES (ACC's top tacklers, ranked by total stops)

1. Quin Blanding, Virginia, freshman defensive back, 61 (30 solo).

2. Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest, junior linebacker, 58 (30).

3. Jerod Fernandez, North Carolina State, freshman linebacker, 58 (24).

4. Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest, sophomore defensive back, 56 (27).

5. David Helton, Duke, senior linebacker, 55 (25).

6. Hakim Jones, N.C. State, junior defensive back, 54 (31).

7. Jeremy Cash, Duke, junior defensive back, 52 (37).

8. DeVon Edwards, Duke, sophomore defensive back, 52 (32).

9. Denzel Perryman, Miami, senior linebacker, 51 (36).

10. Anthony Harris, Virginia, senior defensive back, 51 (22).

SOURCE: cbsstats.com

CLOCK WATCHING (teams that play the shortest games)

1. Georgia Tech, 3:15.

2. Louisville,
 Duke, Miami, Wake Forest 3:20

6. Boston College, 3:21.

7. Pittsburgh, 3:23.

8. Clemson, 3:24.

9. Virginia, 3:26.

10. Florida State, 3:27.

11. North Carolina State, 3:29.

12. Syracuse, Virginia Tech 3:32.

14. North Carolina, 3:36.

SOURCE: NCAASports.com

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