Florida State Snubbed By CFP

By: Maeve Bidonde, Staff Writer

Every year the College Football Playoffs Selection Committee chooses four teams to play in the playoffs. Everyone thought the Florida State Seminoles would be a part of it. The FSU team had an undefeated season with a record of 13-0 but were kept out of the playoffs for a seemingly absurd reason. The committee suggested that a season-ending injury to Jordan Travis changed too much of the team’s makeup to keep them in.

Here’s the kicker, the injury happened during the season and the player that took over for Travis was able to continue the win streak. It was proven that the injury and having to put in a second string didn’t affect FSU’s ability to win a game. The coach of the Seminoles Mike Norvell had a clear stance on the decision according to Fox News. “I am disgusted and infuriated with the committee’s decision today to have what was earned on the field taken away because a small group of people decided they knew better than the results of the game,” Mike Norvell said. 

To the players and coaches, keeping FSU out of the playoffs because of fear of an injury is not fair to the team and it shouldn’t trump the team’s record. They also don’t understand why a small group of people think they know better than the records and games or how injuries are a fair way of evaluating a team.

A mix of politicians have been slamming the CFP for their decision including the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. DeSantis wants to set aside one million dollars so FSU can sue the CFP over the decision. Even if he succeeded in doing so the lawsuit would be pointless. By the time the budget gets approved the college playoffs will be over and the suit wouldn’t change anything in the future either. Next year there are plans to expand the playoffs from four teams to twelve teams. If that were in place now then yes, the Seminoles would be in the playoffs. Unfortunately right now nothing can be done to change this.

Two of the teams that got in have a 12-1 record. The committee’s decision doesn’t make sense to many because they booted a 13-0 team for two 12-1 teams. The anger and resentment towards the CFP comes from the fact that the FSU Seminoles overcame a lot of adversity and were able to maintain an undefeated season. They worked hard to be able to say they went undefeated only to be excluded from the playoffs because a player got injured.

The problem the CFP had with Seminoles was a lack of availability of key players. The starting quarterback suffered a leg injury and the backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker suffered a head injury which left the third-string quarterback Brock Glenn in charge. Despite being on their third quarterback they continued to win and that wasn’t considered enough in the decision-making process for the College Football Playoffs.

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