Jordan Travis’ leg injury had a big impact on Florida State’s chances of making it to the College Football Playoff. The Seminoles were undefeated and won the ACC, but were snubbed by the playoff committee. Travis expressed his disappointment, saying he wished his injury had happened earlier in the season so that people could see that the team was more than just the quarterback.
The playoff system, which was introduced in 2014, had never seen an undefeated Power 5 conference winner not given a chance to compete for the national title. Travis’ season-ending leg injury was the main reason for this.
Despite winning the ACC, Florida State was not selected for the playoffs. The committee chose Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama instead. ACC commissioner Jim Phillips called Florida State’s omission from the playoffs “unfathomable.” FSU athletic director Michael Alford said that the committee “failed college football.” Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell said he was “disgusted and infuriated” with the decision.
Jordan Travis recorded 2,756 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and two interceptions this season, while also rushing for seven touchdowns. Florida State had been ranked No. 4 in the final regular-season CFP rankings, but both Texas and Alabama jumped them after the Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State to win the Big 12 and Alabama beat No. 1 Georgia in the SEC title game.
CFP selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan told ESPN after the selections that “Florida State is a different team than it was the first 11 weeks. As you look at who they are as a team right now without Jordan Travis, without the offensive dynamic he brings, they are a different team and the committee voted Alabama four and Florida State five.”
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