The unprecedented move by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee to leave undefeated Florida State, 2023 ACC champion, from its four-team field was met with immediate, and justified, blowback. A 13-0 run that began with a three-touchdown win over LSU and ran through the ACC’s regular season unblemished, only to be tested by the devastating injury to quarterback Jordan Travis, positioned the Seminoles as a team of true resolve able to win at the thinnest of margins.
But at No. 5, Florida State is left out of the 2023 College Football Playoff.
Other unbeaten power-conference champions include No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 Washington, who are very much in the field. No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Alabama are one-loss conference champs who happen to settle the head-to-head debate … for them.
By the final voting, the Crimson Tide’s win over previously No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game was enough to jump the undefeated Seminoles, but not the one-loss team that’s owned their head to head all season.
Seminoles athletic director Michael Alford called FSU’s omission both “unforgivable” and an “unwarranted injustice” against the program. ACC commissioner Jim Phillips called the exclusion of the league’s unblemished champion “unfathomable” as FSU now heads to the New Year’s Six.
Leaving out the SEC champion would have also been a first for the committee, but so is this.
Jordan Travis’ injury, coupled with Tate Rodemaker’s injury, clearly limited the team’s offensive ceiling. Against Louisville for the ACC title, the Noles managed just 219 yards in the 16-6 win. The Florida game wasn’t much better.
Still, it found ways to win those games. The committee repeatedly stressed that a team’s entire body of work is evaluated when…
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Author : Dean Straka
Publish date : 2023-12-03 20:04:36
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