Florida State without Jordan Travis isn’t worthy of the CFP

Florida State without Jordan Travis isn’t worthy of the CFP

The reason there’s a College Football Playoff committee, and not a CFP computer, is the BCS left fans cold, and we all love blaming computers when they fail to see things that are so obvious to humans. This year, more so than others in the past, will be cut and dry should the top four hold serve this weekend. Georgia, Michigan, Washington, and Florida State will be undefeated Power Five conference champions, and that resumé merits a bid every time.

However, being humans, we should address the Tate Rodemaker in the room. Direct Chop chants at me until you’re garnet in the face, but there are several schools with better chances than FSU’s backup-turned-Cardale Jones. Let’s say some other scenarios come to fruition — any of a one-loss Washington, one-loss Georgia, one-loss Alabama, one-loss Texas or even a one-loss Ohio State presents better sport.

The ACC is pretty bad this year, as evidenced by Jeff Brohm winning 10 games at Louisville without a quarterback. The Seminoles’ best win was against an LSU team that hasn’t played defense all year, and, I can’t emphasize this next point enough, Jordan Travis isn’t playing.

Had Dabo Swinney thought to carry a reliable kicker, this would be a moot point. Yet here we are, talking about how the backdoor to the playoff isn’t open.

It should be.

Nothing against Mike Norvell, Keon Coleman, Johnny Wilson, that running game, or top 15 defense. Florida State going into the ACC championship without its star QB and still being the betting favorite speaks to the balance of this team. At the same time, you can’t make an objective argument without discussing Rodemaker.

I thought humans were in charge of this very scenario?

Is it unfair and cruel? Yes. Would it spark a lawsuit? Absolutely. But am I wrong?

You’re not wrong, Walter, you’re just an asshole.

Any outcome that leads to a one-loss top-eight team not named Florida State getting left out of the CFP is kind of ridiculous, to be honest. And I hate Texas. While the Longhorns aren’t much better than Seminoles, Quinn Ewers is taking snaps.

Kindly (or rudely) tell me to get f*cked, FSU fans, because the best clubs from Tallahassee usually can play with anyone. I don’t think this is one of those cases though. Considering the kind of highlights that Coleman and Wilson put on tape, you’d think they would’ve been more productive this season. I kind of feel the same way about Trey Benson, Lawrence Toafili, and the rushing attack. There’s not a skill player on the roster with over 1,000 yards of anything.

You know why? Because great quarterbacks turn talented rosters into title contenders.

Life or death, who do you trust more: Kyle McCord or Rodemaker? The only fans who would take Rodemaker reside in Ohio. Buckeye ire and entitlement aside, there’s simply not enough tape on Rodemaker to say one way or the other. At least we know McCord will keep it competitive.

An unknown backup can work as a changeup for a game or two (thus the Cardale Jones reference earlier), so it’s possible a can-do attitude might be enough to make a run, yet the Florida performance didn’t really hint at an untapped advantage. Those Urban Meyer OSU teams also were scary good, and I’m not sure this iteration of the Seminoles is on that level.

Having said all of this, I’m being as nearsighted as the committee. The human element is exactly why Florida State will make the CFP with a win Saturday night. No member would actively invite online scorn and harassment. The teams on the outside looking in know their fate is in someone else’s hands, because we know who wants to keep their hands clean.

If you think I’m stirring the pot because there’s so little drama this season, you’re only partially correct. I, too, am prepping for playoff expansion, because this kind of inane logic is exactly what awaits all of us — committee members included — in 2024 and beyond. 

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Anthony Barnett
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