The College Football Playoffs (CFP) are fast approaching, and the Michigan Wolverines and Texas Longhorns are the early betting favorites for the Semifinal games. The Wolverines are set to face Alabama, while the Longhorns will take on Washington.
The shocking news came when the undefeated Florida State Seminoles were left out of the coveted top four teams by the CFP Selection Committee. Despite their impressive 13-0 record and winning the ACC Championship, the Seminoles were snubbed due to the absence of their star quarterback, Jordan Travis.
This marks the first time that an undefeated Power 5 conference champion will not be participating in the CFP. The committee cited the unavailability of key players and coaches as a factor that affected the Seminoles’ performance, and thus made them ineligible for the playoff bid.
With Florida State out, the final CFP top four consisted of Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama. Both CFP Semifinal games will be played on New Year’s Day, with the Rose Bowl Game between Michigan and Alabama being the first matchup. The Wolverines were favored by two points in the opening odds.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will feature Texas against Washington, with the Longhorns being favored by 4.5 points. The odds for the national championship also favor Michigan, with Alabama, Texas, and Washington expected to be strong contenders.
The controversial decision by the CFP Selection Committee has sparked criticisms from coaches and fans alike. Florida State coach Mike Norvell expressed his disgust and frustration with the committee’s decision to overlook their undefeated record and strong performance.
Critics have pointed to the strength of schedule and the performance of the teams as factors that should have been considered in the committee’s decision-making process. Alabama’s narrow victory over Auburn also raised concerns about their qualification for the playoffs.
As the anticipation for the CFP continues to build, fans and analysts are eager to see how the top teams will perform in the upcoming Semifinal games and the subsequent National Championship Game.