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Did Stephen A. Smith Have the Worst College Football Playoff Take Ever?

Sports commentator Stephen A. Smith speaks during a live taping of ESPN's "First Take" at Florida A&M University's new Will Packer Performing Arts Amphitheater as part of the school's homecoming festivities Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

Florida State was left out of the College Football Playoff after winning the ACC Championship against Louisville on Saturday, moving them to 13-0 on the season.

Despite their perfect season, the Seminoles were left out of the CFP in favor of Texas (12-1) and Alabama (12-1), who took down top-ranked Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. It was the first time in playoff history that an undefeated Power Five champion was left out of the field of four, and with the CFP expanding to 12 teams next season, it’s likely the last time we will see it.

There are many ways to look at this situation, but the fact of the matter is, the selection committee got it right, even if it was at the expense of the ‘Noles. There was no way to make every deserving team happy this season, as seven teams had an argument that was worthy of playoff contention, but only four could move on.


However, the way that Stephen A. Smith tried to explain this away made absolutely no sense.

What? There are literally no similarities in what just happened to Florida State and what happened with TCU last season. First of all, TCU wasn’t a Power Five Champion, and they weren’t undefeated. The Horned Frogs lost to K-State in the Big 12 Championship, moving them to 12-1. Then, after they got in, they beat Michigan to get into the National Title game. Plus, their quarterback was healthy the whole way.

FSU was left out because Jordan Travis went down and the Noles were left with just their second-string quarterback, at best. Then, against Louisville, with their third-string QB, FSU managed just 55 yards passing.

Somehow blaming TCU for an impossible situation is just a foolish look from Smith, somebody who should probably just stick to NFL and NBA takes.

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