‘Ripped away.’ Why was undefeated FSU snubbed from playoff? Florida leaders want answers

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Florida’s elected officials, enraged that Florida State University was snubbed of a playoff spot, are now demanding answers.

On Sunday, the College Football Playoff committee awarded the last playoff slot to Alabama (12-1) instead of the undefeated Seminoles. According to Sports Illustrated, committee chairman Boo Corrigan said the decision was made after weighing the strength of the teams’ schedule and the impacts of star quarterback Jordan Travis’ season-ending injury.

Here’s what state leaders said when they shared their thoughts on X.

Sen. Rick Scott announced that he will be demanding that the committee “answer as to how this decision was made and what led to this outcome.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t mention taking any action, but he did express sympathy for Florida State, writing: “What we learned today is that you can go undefeated and win your conference championship game, but the College Football Playoff committee will ignore these results.”

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who’s a Florida State alum, shared a three-paragraph statement calling for an explanation. For Patronis, the Seminoles’ championship hopes were “ripped away by CORRUPT bureaucrats obviously colluding with ESPN and the SEC.”

Rep. Jared Moskowitz, who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, posted that he was circulating a letter and will be filing a resolution condemning the NCAA. “This decision is about TV money, a corrupt decision for college athletics,” Moskowitz said.

State Sen. Corey Simon, who suited up for the Seminoles in the ‘90s, slammed the decision and stated: “ESPN and Disney have a vested interest in the SEC participating in the CFP. Lawsuits should be filed.”

Rep. Byron Donalds, who represents parts of Southwest Florida and is a Florida State alum, didn’t say he would take any action over the decision but shared a list of reasons why he believes the “CFP committee is trash!”