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Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State

RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

S Derwin James is unbelievably talented, but he absolutely whiffed on an open-field tackle on Jakobi Meyers' 71-yard touchdown catch. It might be time for me to tone down the "best player in the country" talk.



If the play that got LB Jacob Pugh ejected for targeting was the correct call, then the rule needs to be adjusted. It looked as if the Dade City native's hands inadvertently hit the passer high as he tried to deflect a pass on a trick play.

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