Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was asked Wednesday about what he did when he learned that Florida State fell to No. 3 in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings. The rankings released Tuesday night had one-loss Oregon slotted ahead of the undefeated Seminoles.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was asked Wednesday about what he did when he learned that Florida State fell to No. 3 in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.
"What somebody thinks of us, we can't control it," he said. "We've won every conference game but one by double digits. I'm very happy with the way we played, and we're winning games. And we're winning games by significant margins also. We're great in our own way.
"Especially when you get everybody's best week in and week out." [...]
"I thought name of the game was to keep winning," he continued. "Whether you pick it by computer or that way, hey, we just have to control what we can control. If you don't do that, you're chasing your tail."
Florida State beat Virginia, 34-20, on Saturday to move to 9-0 this season. Only three of the reigning national champion's games this season (against Oklahoma State, Clemson and Notre Dame) have been decided by fewer than 10 points.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, the chairman of the playoff selection committee, addressed Oregon jumping the 'Noles on Tuesday night. Long noted that the Ducks' lone loss came to Arizona (14) and that they weren't completely healthy in that game.
"That loss was also to a top 15 team, and we did take injuries into account there, and then overall body of work," Long said.
The selection committee's protocol says strength of schedule -- along with "championships won," "head-to-head competition" and "comparative outcomes of common opponents" -- is among the criteria that will be considered for comparable teams.
According to data compiled by statistician Jeff Sagarin, Oregon's schedule ranks 22nd in the country, while Florida State's ranks 51st.