Unprecedented Snub Leaves Fans and Analysts Divided
Florida State, the first undefeated Power 5 team to miss out on the College Football Playoff (CFP), has ignited a fiery debate among sports enthusiasts and analysts alike. The exclusion of the Seminoles has left many questioning the criteria employed by the CFP committee.
Disappointment and Outrage: Kanell Speaks Out
Danny Kanell, former Florida State quarterback and current co-host of a show on SiriusXM Radio, expressed his frustration over the snub. Kanell, who had hoped for a lively debate between Florida State and Alabama for the final playoff spot, was shocked to learn that the discussion had never even included Texas.
During a recent celebrity golf tournament, Kanell faced a heckler who taunted him about the exclusion of Florida State. The incident served as a painful reminder of the team’s omission from the playoff.
The Committee’s Controversial Reasoning
The CFP committee’s reasoning for selecting Alabama over Florida State has raised eyebrows and sparked controversy. The committee cited the season-ending injury to Jordan Travis, the Seminoles’ key player, as a determining factor. CFP selection committee chair Boo Corrigan argued that Florida State was a different team without Travis, leading to their lower ranking.
A Flawed System?
Kanell criticized the flaws in the CFP system, describing it as an “invitational” rather than a true playoff. He highlighted the committee’s broad criteria that seemingly allow for manipulation and subjective decision-making.
Kanell further lamented, “Every single year, one team gets robbed. This year, it happened to be Florida State, my alma mater, left out of the playoff.”
Controversy Surrounds CFP Semifinals
The College Football Playoff semifinals are set to take place on New Year’s Day. However, the snub of Florida State has cast a shadow over the upcoming games, with fans and pundits eagerly watching to see if the committee’s decision will stand the test of time.