The College Football Playoff committee decades of precedence on Sunday, denying Florida State a chance to compete for a national championship despite the Seminoles' 13-0 record and ACC Championship win.
The committee opted to place Alabama at No. 4 following the Crimson Tide’s win over Georgia, with Texas (who handed Alabama a loss in September) slotting in at No. 3.
With Florida State athletic director Michael Alford issuing his own stern statement in the aftermath of the decision, head coach Mike Norvell offered his own thoughts on the snub in a press release statement.
“I am disgusted and infuriated with the committee’s decision today to have what was earned on the field taken away because a small group of people decided they knew better than the results of the games,” Norvell said in a statement. “What is the point of playing games? Do you tell players it is okay to quit if someone goes down? Do you not play a senior on Senior Day for fear of injury? Where is the motivation to schedule challenging non-conference games? We are not only an undefeated P5 conference champion, but we also played two P5 non-conference games away from home and won both of them. I don’t understand how we are supposed to think this is an acceptable way to evaluate a team.”
“I’m hurting for our players who have displayed a tremendous amount of resilience and response this season. What happened today goes against everything that is true and right in college football. A team that overcame tremendous adversity and found a way to win doing whatever it took on the field was cheated today. It’s a sad day for college football.”
“I’m proud of the work we have put in and the players I have the privilege to coach. We have one more opportunity to define this 2023 team in the Orange Bowl, and I believe in how our team will respond.”