Stephen A. Smith still backing Florida State despite Jordan Travis injury
Stephen A. Smith still believes in Florida State despite quarterback Jordan Travis suffering a season-ending injury.
ESPN’s First Take crew discussed the Noles and their place in the College Football Playoff race on Monday morning. At 11-0, Smith says FSU is still a contender to make the top 4 even without Travis under center.
“Let’s not trip and be overly emotional,” Smith said. “The fact of the matter is, if they win out, of course they’re going to be there. They’re 11-0, they’d be 12-0. How could you keep them out? There’s no way you could keep them out of the College Football Playoff. I can’t see that happening.”
Smith pointed toward Florida State’s elite group of pass-catchers, which includes Keon Coleman, Johnny Wilson and Jaheim Bell.
“When you look at Bell and Coleman, OK, and I’m looking at these guys right there. And Wilson, let’s not forget him. These brothers are studs at the wide receiver spot. I’m sorry. If anybody can throw the football a little bit, just a little bit, Florida State can make some noise.
“They’ve done a helluva job. 11-0. Undefeated. And they can put up points in bunches. Oh, I’m so sad for Travis because that brother can ball. But you damn right Florida State is expected to and they will be in the College Football Playoff, it would be a travesty if they weren’t.”
Tate Rodemaker is set to start for the Noles this weekend. He has 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions so far this season.
Florida State will face Florida at 7 p.m. ET in the Swamp on Saturday.