FSU’s Norvell releases a statement after CFP snub

FSU’s Norvell releases a statement after CFP snub

Florida State (13-0 straight up, 8-5 against the spread) won its 19th straight game in Saturday’s 16-6 win over Louisville as a 1.5-point underdog in Saturday’s ACC Championship Game.

Nevertheless, the Seminoles became the first undefeated team from a Power Five school to be left out of the College Football Playoff that was created in 2014.

The reasoning of the selection committee comes right from its principles for selecting the four teams. It reads, “Other relevant factors such as unavailability of key players and coaches that may have affected a team’s performance during the season or likely will affect its postseason performance.”

Obviously, FSU lost the face of its franchise in senior quarterback Jordan Travis, who broke his leg in a 58-13 win over North Alabama on Nov. 18. In 11 games this year, Travis completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,755 yards with a 20/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also had 176 rushing yards and seven TDs.

Without Travis, FSU rallied from a 12-0 deficit at Florida to win 24-15 as a 6.5-point road favorite on Nov. 25. However, the ‘Noles generated only 224 yards of total offense against a UF defense that allowed 33, 52, 39, 43 and 39 points in its five previous games.

In the win over Louisville, FSU had just 12 first downs and 219 yards of total offense. With backup QB Tate Rodemaker out with a concussion sustained in the win at Florida, third-string QB Brock Glenn completed only 8-of-21 throws for 55 yards.

After the selection committee chose Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama ahead of FSU, head coach Mike Norvell expressed his anger and frustration with the committee in a 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 OK 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 nonconference 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. … What happened today goes against everything that is true and right in college football.”

FSU will take on Georgia in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami. As of early Monday morning, most spots had the Bulldogs installed as 13.5-point favorites with a total of 45 or 45. The ‘Noles are +490 to +500 on the money line.

These schools have played each other only twice since 1965. UGA is 6-4-1 in 11 all-time meetings, winning the 2003 Sugar Bowl 26-13 over FSU, which was playing without its starting QB Chris Rix, who was ruled ineligible after oversleeping a final exam.

In 1984, Bobby Bowden and Vince Dooley’s teams battled to a 17-17 tie in Orlando.