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CFP rankings: Should Florida State be ahead of the Louisville Cardinals?

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One of the most interesting parts of Tuesday's latest College Football Playoff selection committee rankings was that Florida State rose to No. 12, jumping past Louisville in a move that likely puts the Seminoles in the Orange Bowl.

You know, the same Louisville team that beat FSU 63-20 in one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history? The one that scored the most points FSU had ever allowed, in the fourth-biggest loss FSU ever absorbed? The one I described as a humiliation?

Yeah, that Louisville team.

So what gives?

The ‘Noles and Cardinals both have 9-3 records. Louisville limped toward the end of the season, while FSU is playing well and as hot as any team in the country, as coach Jimbo Fisher said after last week's win over Florida.

It's worth noting, too, that FSU had the country's 13th toughest schedule, according to Sagarin's fancy metrics. Louisville was No. 66.

I could give you my opinion, but it doesn't matter. The one that does matter belongs to Kirby Hocutt, the CFP committee's chairman. Here's what he said Tuesday night:

We spent considerable time talking about that particular -- those two particular teams. Florida State, a talented team that has played one of the toughest schedules in the country; Louisville, a team that's only beaten one team with a winning record. Strength of schedule is significant, the separation there. Florida State has played a much tougher schedule. Louisville does hold the head-to-head, but as you said, that was early in the season, week 3 if I remember correctly, so we talked about in the eyes of the Selection Committee who is the better football team at this particular time, and that is Florida State. Strength of schedule was a factor there but also as to how those two teams have played in recent weeks.

So there you have it. Your thoughts? Does FSU belong above Louisville? Why? 

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:36am]

    

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