Kirby Smart expects Georgia will 'be up' for Florida State after Playoff disappointment
Kirby Smart said on Sunday that Florida State wasn’t the only team disappointed with the College Football Playoff rankings. But he has no doubt his team will take the Orange Bowl seriously.
Georgia may not have had the same case as Florida State to make it into the four-team field, but Smart campaigned hard in the aftermath of the SEC Championship loss for Georgia to be considered as one of the four best teams in the sport.
The selection committee felt differently, siding with Texas and Alabama as the teams to pair with unbeaten Michigan and Washington.
“I personally feel like we deserved to be in,” Smart said on the Orange Bowl teleconference call Sunday. “We’ve got a really good football team, and we’re considered No. 1 in the country all year, then fail. We have a hornet’s nest around here, too, of players that are disappointed. That works both ways.”
Florida State was left out despite its 13-0 record and ACC title. To get a sense of the despair, know that quarterback Jordan Travis said in a tweet he wished he’d broken his leg sooner in the season so then the committee might not have judged FSU as a one-man show.
“The good news is we got each other to go play. I know they’ll be up for us and we’ll be up for them,” Smart said. “You worry a lot more when you have a matchup that they might not look forward to. I have learned that.”
Smart said it would be foolish not to expect an opt-out here or a portal entry there. But Smart feels like his team is motivated.
“I think of all the ballgames we could be in outside the Playoffs, this is where our kids would love to be. This part is good,” Smart said.