By Olivia Flanz
Florida State University’s football team is left out of playoffs after the College Football Committee decides the team is too “different” from their first 11 weeks. College Football Playoff committee chair, Boo Corrigan, explains “as you look at who they are as a team right now, without Jordan Travis, without the offensive dynamic he brings, they are a different team, and the committee voted Alabama four and Florida State five.”
Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis broke his leg earlier this season against North Alabama. His injuries ultimately ended his season, leaving Florida State in need of a quarterback. That is when backup Tate Rodemaker enters the scene, only to sustain a concussion during their game against the Gators. After the two tragic injuries, Florida State brought in their freshman, Brock Glenn to cover as the quarterback.
The College Football Playoff committee announced that the Seminoles’ changes in team dynamic made the committee choose Alabama over them. Coach Mike Norvell is “disgusted and infuriated” over the committee decision and how the evaluation came from the changes in team dynamic. Norvell questioned the point of playing these games in the first place if a set committee has the ultimate choice in who makes playoffs. Norvell states, “What happened today goes against everything that is true and right in college football.”
FSU athletic director Michael Alford states how this decision by the committee will have consequences for all of football. “The argument of whether a team is the ‘most deserving or best’ is a false equivalence…the committee failed college football today.”
Florida State is the first undefeated P5 conference championship to be left out of the playoffs. The committee has decided that Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama will compete in the college playoffs this season.