The talk of college football Sunday was the College Football Playoff selections and the omission of Florida State despite being 13-0 and the ACC Champion Saturday night against Louisville in Charlotte.
There are theories as to why the Seminoles were left out, but people were not happy. They included ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, and Florida State coach Mike Norvell, and rightfully so. Sunday night after it was announced that Virginia Tech was going to the Military Bowl against Tulane, coach Brent Pry spoke with the media and gave his opinion on the FSU snub.
Brent Pry comments on Florida State playoff snub
Pry, like most of the ACC, did not agree with the decision.
”Very disappointed,” Pry said. “I had Florida State in, felt strongly about it, their body of work over the course of the season, some of their marquee wins. My heart goes out to Coach Norvell and that group. They had a heck of a year and deserve to be in there.”
He’s correct. Pry got an up-close look at the Seminoles in October when the Hokies went to Tallahassee and lost 39-17. They fell behind 22-0 but rallied to cut the deficit to 22-17 early in the third quarter when Bhayshul Tuten returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. In the end, FSU’s talent took over, but Pry knows how good they are and where they deserve to be, whoever is under center.
Instead of playing in the CFP, Florida State will play in the Orange Bowl against Georgia, who was knocked out of playoff contention with a 27-24 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game Saturday.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the Seminoles respond in their bowl game, but Pry is like the rest of the ACC, stunned that they will not be playing on New Year’s Day in either the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl.