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Oregon Players Say They're Dedicating Their CFB Playoff Game vs. FSU To Injured CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

When Oregon takes the field Jan. 1 for its College Football Playoff semifinal game against Florida State, the Ducks will be without senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. 

Ekpre-Olomu, one of the best cornerbacks in the country and arguably Oregon's best defensive player, suffered a severe knee injury during the Ducks' practice on Tuesday. He will miss the remainder of the season, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday. 

Oregon players say they're dedicating their contest against the No. 3-ranked Seminoles to Ekpre-Olomu. 

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Senior DB Dior Mathis says the playoff game is "definitely dedicated to Ifo Ekpre-Olomu" @AaronJFentresspic.twitter.com/nTcraosK9g

— Bri Amaranthus (@BriAmaranthus) December 18, 2014

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Attempting to slow down a Jameis Winston-led offense will likely prove to be quite the challenge for the Ekpre-Olomu-less Ducks' defense. Thankfully for Oregon, Marcus Mariota will be just as tough to stop. 

Oregon and Florida State are set to kick off at 5 p.m. E.T. Jan. 1. The game will be televised on ESPN.