ESPN analyst updates Florida State's ranking amongst undefeated teams
ESPN’s Bill Connelly updated his ranking of every undefeated team in college football on Tuesday morning.
Florida State lands at No. 8 this week, up one spot from last week. The Seminoles are one of just 14 FBS programs who remain undefeated entering Week 7. Six such programs were eliminated with a loss in Week 6.
FSU defeated Virginia Tech 39-17 over the weekend. Florida State built a big early lead with a 22-0 burst, but the Hokies were able to get back into the game briefly with 17 unanswered points.
Here’s some analysis from Connelly on why FSU isn’t ranked higher:
See: self-created adversity. They saw a 21-point lead turn to two points against BC and a 22-point lead turn to five against Tech. The running game carried them Saturday, but they’re still 123rd in rushing success rate. On defense, they’re giving up a few too many big plays. The Noles trust themselves to come through, but there’s a reason the numbers like them but don’t like like them.
Florida State’s struggles in the run game have gone a bit under-the-radar this season, but they’re a big reason why FSU is not currently viewed as a lock for the College Football Playoff. Trey Benson rushed for 200 yards in Week 6, which was his first game all year to go over the 80-yard threshold.
Florida State will look to move to 6-0 this week against Syracuse.