Mike Norvell gets emotional defending Florida State: 'We win'
Mike Norvell led Florida State to its first ACC title since 2014 on Saturday night.
A 16-6 win over Louisville saw the defense carry the day for a Seminoles team that was down to its No. 3 quarterback. With Tate Rodemaker unavailable, true freshman Brock Glenn drew the start. The offensive performance wasn’t pretty, but the defensive effort from Florida State was suffocating.
Louisville finished the fourth quarter with a net of 23 yards lost. Jared Verse and Braden Fiske were tandem terrors getting after Cardinals quarterback Jack Plummer.
But a 10-point win in defensive fashion doesn’t quite move people the same nowadays as a 35-point offensive demolition.
Norvell was asked after the game what his message would be to the College Football Playoff selection committee if they deemed his 13-0 team undeserving of a spot in the four-team field because of the offensive limitations without Jordan Travis.
He got a little heated.
“We just beat a top-15 team with a true freshman quarterback. That doesn’t matter,” Norvell said. “We win. We win. And, you know what, if we get the opportunity to go play in the national semifinal, oh, it’s gonna be a challenge. I believe in this team. I believe in what they can do. I believe in who they are.
“They’ve shown up every single week and done it. So, I don’t really care about what everybody else’s opinions are. I know who I coach, and I know if we get the opportunity, they’re going to go fight for every opportunity because they’ve been doing it for the last four years.
“Whatever the next opportunity is, I promise you they’re going to show up.”
I asked #FSU HC Mike Norvell the only question I felt mattered after tonight's ACC Championship
Rresume is perfect. But what do you say if the #CFBPlayoff committee says the team you fielded tonight isn't the same team that won all those other games?
He wasn't exactly pleased. pic.twitter.com/igBqboqRff
— Daren Stoltzfus WESH (@DarenStoltzfus) December 3, 2023
In the history of the Playoff, no unbeaten conference champion from the Power Five ranks has been excluded from the field.
Florida State will find out its fate at noon ET on ESPN when the CFP field is announced.