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FSU's spot in 2015's first CFB Playoff rankings

Discussing where the 'Noles place in the only rankings that really matters.

Jimbo Fisher
Jimbo Fisher
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The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2015 season will be unveiled tonight at 7 pm on ESPN, and Seminole fans will certainly take notice as to how far FSU must climb to make the playoff field for the second straight season. In the CFB Playoff's first season last year, the 'Noles were No. 2 in the opening rankings and fell as low as No. 4 before finishing at No. 3, despite being the only undefeated team in the final four.

However the rankings play out, one thing seems certain: Florida State will have an immediate chance to improve its situation, as the Seminoles will head to Clemson this Saturday to play what should be a top-ten Tigers team.

It's also worth noting how much things can change from the initial rankings to the final rankings. Case in point: last year, Ohio State opened the rankings, with a disappointing loss, at No. 16-- very close to where the 'Noles could find themselves, if their current Coaches Poll (No. 15) and AP Poll (No. 17) rankings are any indication. The Buckeyes, of course, won out and finished No. 4, ultimately defeating Alabama and Oregon to claim the 2014 national championship.


The Florida State Seminoles do indeed start off at number No. 16 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings, which is right about where everyone expected them to be. Saturday's opponent, Clemson, checks in at the top spot in the country, while rival Florida, which the 'Noles face at the end of the season, comes in at No. 10.