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Florida State is No. 4 in the Playoff — Now it’s time to care

It’s really simple for Florida State, you win and you’re in.

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Florida State is ranked fourth in the college football playoff rankings following the close of a perfect regular season, 4th time in program history.

With the loss of Ohio State the top four now looks different.

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Michigan Wolverines
  3. Washington Huskies
  4. Florida State Seminoles
  5. Oregon Ducks
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes

The path for Florida State is clear, win and you’re in. Take a look at this PSA from ‘Nole Alum Danny Kanell:

But that’s not why you guys are here because some of this noise is just too dumb. The competitor in me that has to get his point across on it; for example:

He says this is their first game against currently ranked (CFP) opponents this season and it’s true; he says it at the end of the show with no opportunity for rebuttal to imply that FSU’s schedule is somehow unworthy despite earlier in the show it being pointed out that there is no large statistical difference between Texas, FSU, and Oregon’s strength of schedule.

It’s a ridiculously dumb asinine point because FSU played its two toughest opponents in September...September.....September........

The first college football playoff rankings were released on October 31st....

Herbstreit implied that FSU getting in without Travis would reduce the playoffs to a ‘participation award’ because the Semi-finals have often been uncompetitive. It’s a comparison by juxtaposition because it was said immediately after and before another colleague spoke about FSU.

A quarterback throwing half as many touchdowns as interceptions in his career getting to play 38 games at Ohio State seems like a participation award to me but I digress.

You earn your way into the tournament in all legitimate sports; what happens after that does not invalidate the entire years worth of data and results. Golden State won 73 games but they didn’t win the championship so obviously they must’ve sucked. 2007 Pats couldn’t finish the perfect season vs. the Giants; another obviously mediocre team. The 2001 Mariners won 116 games; clearly substandard.

Now I just, unintentionally, compared 2023 FSU to a bunch of all-time great teams that didn’t finish the job by juxtaposition (See how that works, Kirk?) but I want to be clear that I don’t think 2023 FSU is all-time great; just pretty good and perfect on the year and if they remain perfect on Saturday they will be in.

Here’s the rest of the rankings:

  1. Georgia Bulldogs
  2. Michigan Wolverines
  3. Washington Huskies
  4. Florida State Seminoles
  5. Oregon Ducks
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Texas Longhorns
  8. Alabama Crimson Tide
  9. Missouri Tigers
  10. Penn State Nittany Lions
  11. Ole Miss Rebels
  12. Oklahoma Sooners
  13. LSU Tigers
  14. Louisville Cardinals
  15. Arizona Wildcats
  16. Iowa Hawkeyes
  17. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  18. Oklahoma State Sooners
  19. NC State Wolfpack
  20. Oregon State Beavers
  21. Tennessee Volunteers
  22. Tulane Green Wave
  23. Clemson Tigers
  24. Liberty Flames
  25. Kansas State Wildcats