Heather Dinich explains what Florida State's CFP ranking means for the Noles' playoff chances
Heather Dinich shared her reactions to the first College Football Playoff rankings in a new story for ESPN on Wednesday morning.
Florida State landed at No. 4 in this week’s rankings behind only Ohio State, Georgia and Michigan.
On one hand, it’s a positive for FSU that it’s not only in the top four, but ahead of another undefeated Power-5 team in Washington. However, it could also mean that the Noles have no margin for error if they hope to reach the CFP.
Here’s some analysis from Dinich on FSU, its strength of schedule and its most likely path to the Playoff:
The ACC has only two ranked teams — No. 4 Florida State and No. 13 Louisville. They don’t play each other during the regular season. With Clemson now a four-loss team, and North Carolina and Miami both with multiple losses, the league has taken a hit, and that impacts the Seminoles’ strength of schedule.
It’s the opposite of what’s occurred in the Pac-12. That could mean Florida State has to finish as an undefeated ACC champion in order to stay in the top four — especially with the Pac-12’s two best teams right behind it.
FSU’s remaining games are against Pitt, Miami, North Alabama and Florida — unranked opponents with a combined record of 17-15. FSU fans should be rooting for LSU against Alabama on Saturday and the rest of the way, because they will need that statement win to continue to resonate with the committee through Selection Day.
Florida State will play at Pitt in Week 10. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.