When the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles take on No. 14 Louisville in the ACC Championship game, they could be without their new starting quarterback. Mike Norvell’s team already lost Jordan Travis, its starting quarterback, but now the Noles could be down to their third-stringer with a spot in the College Football Playoff on the line after backup Tate Rodemaker suffered an injury last week.
Rodemaker started FSU’s final regular season game, a win 24-15 win over Florida, but the junior quarterback momentarily exited that game after suffering a hit to the head on a scramble. He was able to return but is now listed as doubtful for the ACC championship game with a head injury.
Norvell also told reporters that there are benchmarks that his quarterback will need to hit and a process that he needs to go through leading up to the game. That will make Rodemaker a game-time decision on Saturday night.
If Rodemaker is unable to go, then FSU will turn to freshman Brock Glenn, who has attempted four career passes. Glenn momentarily replaced Rodemaker last week and went 0/1 passing. Rodemaker finished the game 12/25 for 134 yards.
Regardless of who is at quarterback for the Seminoles, they will need to lean on running back Trey Benson heavily in this one. Benson ran for 95 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries against Florida last week. Louisville has the 11th-ranked run defense.
A win doesn’t necessarily mean that FSU will be in the CFP, even with an undefeated record. The committee has consistently said that it will take the “four best teams” and if FSU is down to its third-string quarterback, that could play into the evaluation.
Tate Rodemaker injury status
Rodemaker is listed as QUESTIONABLE with a head injury and will be a game-time decision for the ACC championship game against Louisville.