The most controversial College Football Playoff field in its 10-year history was set on Sunday as Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama make up the committee’s final top four.
However, Florida State was left out of the Playoff despite finishing as an undefeated ACC Champion, marking the first time in history that an undefeated Power Five champ has been left out.
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis broke his leg against North Alabama just a few weeks ago, leaving the ‘Noles to their second -and third-string QBs over the last few games.
FSU defeated Louisville 16-6 in the ACC Championship Game on Saturady, but Texas took down Oklahoma State 49-21 and Alabama took down No. 1 Georgia, 27-24, ending the Bulldogs’ 29-game winning streak.
Many believe that the committee did exactly what they had to given the situation, and did put the correct teams in the Playoff. However, many others say that Florida State should’ve been in regardless of the other outcomes. One member of the committee opened up about their decision to leave the Seminoles out, and ultimately admitted that the belief that FSU couldn’t win a national title is what kept them out of contention.
“It was gut-wrenching,” that committee member told CBS Sports, remaining anonymous. “For me, individually, I evaluated [whether they could] make it through and win a national championship with the team they had.”
Nowhere in the CFP protocols does it say that a team’s “ability to win a national championship” should be a factor in whether or not they should be selected. However, it also doesn’t say that being undefeated guarantees any team a spot in the playoff.
Unfortunately, this was a situation where six, or even seven teams had a legitimate argument for why they should be in the Playoff, but only four teams could advance. Any way that it broke out, someone was going to be left feeling slighted, and that’s why the 12-team expansion coming next season is such an exciting prospect for college football and all of its member schools.