College football is the only sport where a team could go undated for a whole season and not even get a chance to play for a championship.
Sounds crazy right?
That’s the reality for Florida St. who finished the regular season 13-0 but were ranked outside of the top 4 and miss out on a chance to play in the College Football Playoff. It would make sense if the 4 teams ahead of them were all undefeated but that isn’t the case because there are 2 one loss teams, Alabama and Texas, ahead of them.
FSU’s reaction to being left out of the College Football Playoff
— PFF (@PFF) December 3, 2023
They were without their starting QB, Jordan Travis, for the last 2 games of their season including the ACC Championship game and that’s the reason most thought they didn’t get into the playoff and that’s part of the reason but according to an anonymous CFP committee member, they just didn’t think Florida St. was good enough via ESPN.
“All of us had the emotional tie, like, ‘Holy s—, this is really going to suck to do this,'” one committee member told ESPN. “We talked about that over and over, and we just kept coming back [to] are they good enough with what they have to win a national championship, and it just kept coming back [to] we didn’t think they could.”
The games are played for a reason. A team that did everything they were supposed to do should at the very least be given the chance instead of being told they aren’t good enough. However, this is what happens when money is the number one motive.