BOSTON (AP) If being an undefeated national champion isn't enough to earn Florida State the top spot in the college football playoff rankings, Boston College coach Steve Addazio doesn't think much of the system.
''How anybody could rationalize it any other way is absolutely mind-blowing to me,'' he said Monday as the Eagles prepared to face Florida State, which is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 but behind an Oregon team with one loss in the playoff rankings. ''These guys find a way to win and they play the best at their most competitive moments. That's usually what great teams do.''
Florida State (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed Oregon (9-1) and Mississippi State in the playoff rankings released last week, and with MSU's loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs (9-1) are expected to drop. But Oregon, which lost to Arizona on Oct. 2, is also in front of the Seminoles - who have won 26 in a row, including last year's title game.
''They won the national championship and they're undefeated and it's their second year running,'' Addazio said. ''They played Auburn last year in the national title game, found a way to win. I'm into giving credit where credit is due, and they're an amazing football program.''
Addazio has Boston College (6-4, 3-3) eligible for a bowl game for the second straight year. Last season, his first in Chestnut Hill, BC opened a 17-3 lead over the Seminoles early in the second quarter before giving up three straight touchdowns. Florida State won 48-34, but that was the most points it allowed and its smallest margin of victory until a 34-31 victory over for the championship.
''We got momentum and we gave momentum back before the half,'' Addazio said. ''I sure wish we were playing them up here and it was about 10 degrees, but we're not and we have to find a way to create momentum.''
This year, the Seminoles aren't running away with wins. Five times in 10 games they have trailed at the half, and in three of them they faced deficits of 16 points or more.
Addazio said he's not counting on taking an early lead again.
''I know that in the second half of those games, they are playing at a high, high level, with unbelievable intensity. It jumps at you,'' he said. ''Teams come out and give them their best shot early, but you have to sustain it when you play that team. You have to come out and play well and sustain it, get it to the fourth quarter and win it. No one's been able to do that.''