Florida governor Ron DeSantis pledges $1 million for FSU lawsuit over playoff snub despite unbeaten record

FSU finished the 2023 college football season with an unbeaten record.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis pledges $1 million for FSU lawsuit over playoff snub despite unbeaten record

Ron DeSantis (via CNN)

The Florida State University’s omission from the CFP has created a lot of buzz in the football world. The College Football Playoffs bracket was completed recently on Sunday, December 3. The top four teams that made the semifinals were the Michigan Wolverines, the Washington Huskies, the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, FSU were controversially left out of the top 4.

The Seminoles finished the season unbeaten but failed to make the top 4. Alabama, who finished the season 12-1, were selected ahead of FSU and that did not sit well with a lot of people, especially in Florida. The state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis recently asked to set aside $1 million from the state’s $114.4 billion budget to sue the CFP for not selecting FSU in the top 4.

DeSantis said in a recent press conference.

My first-grader, my fifth-grader and my preschooler ... they are all Noles and they are big-time fans and they do the tomahawk chop and they were not happy. We are going to set aside $1 million and let the chips fall where they may.

The playoffs are scheduled to end early in January. The semifinals will take place on January 1, while the championship will be decided on January 8.

The Michigan Wolverines (13-0) will play the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) in the Rose Bowl, whereas the Washington Huskies (13-0) will take on the Texas Longhorns (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl. The winners of these two games will face off in the NCAA Championship game on January 8.

Mike Norvell opens up about FSU being left out of the CFP

The Florida State Seminoles had a tremendous season. They finished the year unbeaten and won the ACC Championship. They were expected to be in the top 4 of the college football playoffs rankings, however, that all came crashing down when the CFP chose Alabama over FSU as their fourth team in the playoffs bracket. FSU HC Mike Norvell opened up about his team being left out of the CFP.

Mike Norvell
Mike Norvell (via Sports Illustrated)

Norvell said on Sunday:

I was just hurt for our players to be honest with you,"It was one of the tougher moments I’ve had to experience just for all that they’ve done. As we tell our team all the time, your truest identity shows up in times of great adversity. We faced it. They put it on display. So that was really that feeling in the moment.

FSU went 13-0 this season but lost their star QB Jordan Travis to an injury during their game against North Alabama. He was ruled for the team’s remaining fixtures. FSU still won their last two games but CFP decided to choose Alabama over them as the fourth seed. FSU will now play in the Orange Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs.

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