In the first-ever College Football Playoff back in 2015, Ohio State lost its starting quarterback JT Barrett, but still got into the top four and won the national championship behind backup Cardale Jones. The 2023 Florida State Seminoles just lost Jordan Travis and are trying to accomplish the same feat behind Tate Rodemaker.
However, in this edition of the CFP rankings, FSU didn’t hang onto its spot in the top four. The Seminoles fell to No. 5, one spot behind the Washington Huskies, who are also 11-0. The change wasn’t because of Jordan Travis’s season-ending injury, it had everything to do with Washington’s 22-20 win over No. 11 Oregon State in Corvallis.
While the Huskies were in a Pac-12 battle, winning outright as an underdog, FSU beat up on North Alabama 58-13. FSU’s ACC schedule just hasn’t been tough enough, and Kirk Herbstreit even suggested that a one-loss Texas could get in over undefeated Florida State if the Longhorns avenge their loss.
Leaving out an undefeated FSU at the end of the season might be a bit of a stretch, but there is a lot of logic to the Noles falling in the rankings this week. Whether its fair or not, Florida State fans don’t want to hear it.
When asked about the impact of Jordan Travis’s injury on the evaluation of Florida State, CFP commitee chair Boo Corrigan said it “had not impact.”
That isn’t going to stop FSU fans from feeling slighted after losing their quarterback.
No matter what Herbstreit says about FSU possibly being left out, there’s almost no chance that an undefeated ACC Champion is left out of the playoff. If Tate Rodemaker can win the next two weeks, then all of this is a moot point.