The 12-team college football playoff does not start until 2025, but it seems like it is one year late. The Orange Bowl tomorrow host two teams that both think they should be in the playoffs. One being undefeated Florida State and the other #6 SEC East Champs Georgia. The Seminoles are the first Power 5 undefeated team to be left out of this four-team playoff system. While UGA has went 29-1 in their last 30 games, but what if I told you one of these teams has a path to a national championship claim if they win?
Florida State: There is still a chance!
Yes we know, all of their amazing players have opted out, and they are down to their third-string QB. Yet, college football is a league of uncertainty. Here is the path for the Noles to claim a National Championship.
#1: A NCAA Major selector has to put them at #1
Even if the Noles win the Orange Bowl to finish undefeated, that simply would not be enough. Ask the 2004 Auburn Tigers who did the same thing. If the AP, Coaches, or even the Colley Matrix placed FSU at #1 they have a right to claim a share. Which could happen as there is understanding of human flaw here. Here is the second step of why a major designator could place them #1.
#2: Alabama or Texas Wins the CFP
IF either of the two teams above wins the CFP, this would help FSU’s case tremendously. Both of these teams have one loss, making them not perfect like the Seminoles. This could be enough for the other polls to give the #1 spot to a perfect Florida State team.
Do you agree or disagree? Is there a path for FSU to be #1 still?