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ESPN’s Heather Dinich broke the new details on what the ACC would do to settle a tie if three teams finish the regular season with tied atop the Atlantic Division.

The Atlantic Coast Conference will turn to a ranking from a privately contracted company to determine which team will play for the league title if No. 3 Louisville, No. 5 Clemson and No. 13 Florida State finish in a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Division.

The ACC has partnered with SportSource Analytics, the same company that provides statistics to the College Football Playoff selection committee members.

Speaking of those top three Atlantic teams, Andrea Adelson, also of ESPN, put two of them, Clemson and Florida State, on upset watch this week.

No. 13 Florida State (2-1) at USF Bulls (3-0), noon, ABC. Line: Florida State by 6. The big question in this game is: How do the Seminoles respond after a 63-20 loss at Louisville this past weekend? Do they bow up and rebound, or do they let the disappointment linger? USF is not exactly a pushover opponent, either. In their game last year, the teams went into halftime tied at 7 until Dalvin Cook took over in the second half. Cook, however, is not nearly as productive this season as he was to start last season and the Florida State offensive line has been lacking to say the least. Meanwhile, USF ranks in the top 20 nationally in scoring offense and total offense and presents similar challenges to Louisville.

No. 5 Clemson (3-0) at Georgia Tech (3-0), 7:30 p.m., ESPN. Line: Clemson by 9.5. Clemson has not won in Atlanta since 2003. That stat alone is enough to put the Tigers on upset watch. Factor in a looming game against No. 3 Louisville, and there is just no way this team can afford to overlook the Jackets. Crazy things always seem to happen in Atlanta. Take the last meeting in 2014. Deshaun Watson got hurt early, and Cole Stoudt threw three interceptions -- including pick-sixes. Clemson finished with 190 yards of offense. Watson had a rebound performance against South Carolina State last week, but Georgia Tech offers a much bigger test -- on a short week, no less.

In Stewart Mandel’s newest New Years’ Six projections for Fox Sports, Florida State’s blowout loss to Louisville moved the Seminoles down from a playoff team to a non-NY6 team.

David Wunderlich of Team Speed Kills, an SB Nation site, broke down what it will take for Tennessee to snap the losing streak against Florida this weekend.

Alumni

After Florida State alum and current Chicago Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman was stretchered off late in the Bears’ Monday Night Football loss, it was reported on Tuesday that Goldman is expected to miss four weeks.

Other Sports

Chris Dortch lists the Florida State basketball team as the No. 20 team in the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s Preseason Top 25.