In the event that they’re going to close you out, then don’t present up.
After profitable each recreation on their schedule, the Florida State Seminoles have been omitted within the chilly. The undefeated champions from the Atlantic Coast Convention have been bumped from No. 4 to No. 5, making historical past as the primary champs from a Energy 5 convention with no blemish on their resume to not make the School Soccer Playoff.
They have been speculated to be taking part in No. 1 Michigan within the Rose Bowl. They’re now scheduled to play No. 6 Georgia within the Capital One Orange Bowl. Florida State didn’t simply get robbed, that they had the rug pulled from underneath them — and all of us noticed it coming.
Don’t get mad, FSU. Get even. Boycott the Orange Bowl in case you actually wish to change the sport.
“It is a travesty to the game,” said ESPN’s Booger McFarland. “As a result of we go on the market on the sphere and we play the sport, and no matter whether or not it appears good on the QB place . . . the secret is to win. The truth that this committee may take a Energy 5 convention champion that’s undefeated and [leave them out] based mostly on the attention take a look at has me bothered proper now.”
Florida State wouldn’t be on this state of affairs if that they had depth at quarterback like Ohio State did in 2014. In case you forgot, the Buckeyes misplaced beginning quarterback Braxton Miller in preseason because of an damage. They’d go on to lose backup quarterback J.T. Barrett within the regular-season finale in opposition to Michigan. Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones led Ohio State to a 59-0 win over Wisconsin within the Massive Ten Championship Recreation to show to the committee that they have been adequate regardless of a number of accidents to a very powerful place on the sphere, as they went on to win a nationwide championship because the No. 4 seed.
Florida State’s freshman third-string quarterback, Brock Glen, was 8-for-21 for 55 yards on Saturday in a 16-6 win over Louisville. What occurred in 2014 wasn’t taking place in 2023.
The state of affairs proved simply how vital semantics are. After years of selecting the 4 most deserving groups as an alternative of choosing the “four best teams” as they claimed, the School Soccer Playoff Choice Committee waited till the ultimate yr of the four-team playoff to lastly do what they have been speculated to have been doing from the start — which left the Seminoles on the surface trying in.
“Lots of people can have huge points with this,” said ESPN’s Greg McElroy. “They’ll ask, ‘why can we play the video games?’ However the committee really did the factor that they’ve talked about for the final 10 years. They took a step again, they acknowledged damage and so they put within the 4 greatest groups. And that’s not a straightforward factor to do, so I wish to tip my hat to the committee.”
Florida State isn’t simply taking “subject” with this, they’re pissed. And so are plenty of different folks.
ACC commissioner Jim Phillips referred to as the transfer “unfathomable.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis posted on social media about how the committee had “ignored” FSU’s outcomes. FSU Athletic Director Michael Alford referred to as it “unforgivable.” Head Coach Mike Norvell mentioned he was “disgusted and infuriated.” Injured beginning quarterback Jordan Travis said he wished his “leg broke earlier within the season so y’all may see this staff is far more than the quarterback.” Lawmakers within the state are even discussing legislation and the creation of a bill in protest.
However, it received’t matter. After all of us noticed the best way that FSU performed with no succesful quarterback, it was a wrap. Particularly when it was reported that some oddsmakers would have had Michigan as a 13-point favourite over FSU. The Wolverines are only a 2-point favorite over the Crimson Tide.
“The truth that Rodemaker (FSU’s second-string QB) was not there, we did have restricted entry visually on the job that he did, however once more, trying on the high 4, we needed to determine if Florida State was higher than Michigan, Washington, Texas, or Alabama, and within the eyes of the committee, Florida State was fifth,” mentioned CFP Chair Boo Corrigan when requested by The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach about what modified.
Everyone knows that life, and faculty soccer, isn’t honest. However what we don’t all wish to settle for is that typically your greatest isn’t adequate. That’s what occurred right here with Florida State. Nonetheless, there’s additionally one other life lesson this case reminds us of, which is that folks will solely do to you what you permit them to. So since faculty soccer screwed Florida State, FSU ought to screw faculty soccer proper again by not displaying up in Miami for the Orange Bowl. Two wrongs don’t make a proper, however they’ll make you’re feeling higher.