Could Florida State finishing the regular season 13-0 affect the Miami football team and other ACC programs in the future? Florida State being left out of the playoff due to the injury to starting quarterback Jordan Travis sent multiple clear messages about the ACC, Big 10 and SEC when the 12-team playoff begins next season.
Florida State was passed in the College Football Playoff rankings by Alabama and Texas after conference championship game weekend. Alabama and Texas will join top-ranked Michigan and second-seed Washington in the College Football Playoff. All four CFP teams will be in the Big 10 or SEC next season.
Texas has played its final game in the Big XII and will join the SEC next season. Washington is leaving the Pac-12 after being a founding member in 1915. The Huskies will join the Big 10 next season. The line of losses will move, but similar questions will linger on the final teams to earn playoff berths.
The collapse of the Pac-12 creates one less automatic bid in a 12-team playoff. Champions of the ACC, Big 10, Big XII and SEC plus the best Group of Five team will earn automatic berths in the 12-team College Football Playoff. None of the top 12 teams in the final College Football Playoff rankings have three losses this season.
Oklahoma who finished 10-2 is ranked 12th in the final college football playoff rankings. LSU who Florida State defeated in the season opener is ranked 13th. Oklahoma is joining the SEC with Texas next season. With the Big 10 and SEC getting stronger next season, how will the CFP Committee look at those conferences?
The ACC is adding California and Stanford from the collapse of the Pac 12 and SMU and former Miami football offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee from the American Athletic Conference in 2024. Florida State being left out of the CFB only strengthens those who claim a bias towards the SEC and to a lesser extent the Big 10.