Florida State is ranked sixth in both major college football polls, which means the Seminoles are in a good spot to rise to the top by season’s end. But if voters have a conscience, the Noles will have no shot at getting there.
After blowing out FCS (Division I-AA) Murray State 69-3 to start the season, FSU welcomes the mother of all cupcakes to campus when Savannah State comes calling this week. That would be the same Savannah State that just lost 84-0 to Oklahoma State, and was only that close because the Cowboys called off the dogs in the second half.
You see, Savannah State isn’t just a I-AA program. It is possibly the worst program in the entire Subdivision. Last year Savannah lost 63-6 to Southeastern Louisiana — a team that finished 3-8 in the FCS.
And now a team is trying to say it belongs in the conversation for a national title with that team on its schedule. It cannot be deemed acceptable.
With a 12-game schedule now the norm, we live in an age where virtually every I-A team is playing I-AA opponents once a year. The small schools like the pay day, the big schools like having an extra home gate and another win.
But two FCS opponents, with one of them being Savannah State? Totally inexcusable. If Florida State played in the WAC or the Sun Belt, this might be acceptable behavior. It’s not for a team with an honest-to-goodness chance of running the table this year. I’d venture to say any SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 or Big Ten team with one loss will be more deserving of a title shot than an undefeated Florida State.
As it stands, FSU has three ranked teams on its schedule. None are in the Top 10. If Boise State ran the table with that kind of weak sauce, no one would give the Broncos a shot at the championship. They shouldn’t give the Seminoles one, either.