Greg McElroy believes that if Jordan Travis is viewed as such a devastating loss to Florida State that it eliminates the 13-0 ACC champion Seminoles from being in consideration for the College Football Playoff, Travis should be in New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Travis is, of course, not a finalist. The three expected quarterbacks — LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Oregon’s Bo Nix, and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. — are and they’re joined by Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. If not for the leg injury he suffered, Travis may have been the fourth finalist.

He was certainly trending in that direction, and would have had a strong case had he been the one to lead FSU to 13-0 (and a likely Playoff spot).

McElroy said this week on the Always College Football podcast he should be regardless.

“Tell me a guy that meant more to his team than Jordan Travis,” McElroy said. “I do have a quantifiable and measurable difference in Florida State’s offense when Jordan Travis was under center than when Tate Rodemaker and Brock Glenn were.”

Travis threw for 2,756 yards and 20 touchdowns in 11 games this season for the Seminoles. He finished second in the ACC in passing yards per game and led all quarterbacks in QBR.

The counting stats won’t hold up against a player like Daniels — who has nearly 5,000 yards of offense and 50 touchdowns — but when the CFP selection committee left Florida State out of the CFP, they certainly implied that Travis was one of if not the most impactful players in the country.