Washington jumps FSU as top three in CFP rankings unchanged

ByAndrea Adelson ESPN logo
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Washingtonleapfrogged Florida Stateinto the No. 4 spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night after beating its third straight ranked opponent this past weekend.

While the top three remained unchanged --Georgiais still No. 1, followed by Ohio Stateat No. 2 and Michiganat No. 3 -- Washington moved into the top four for the first time this season and Florida State fell to No. 5 after losing quarterback Jordan Travis for the season.

The Huskies beat then-No. 11Oregon State22-20 on Saturday, after wins over then-No. 18 Utahand then-No. 20 USC. Although Utah and USC are no longer ranked, Washington is now No. 1 in the ESPN strength of record metric; Florida State is No. 4.

The Seminoles played FCS North Alabamathis past weekend, overcoming an early 13-0 deficit to win 58-13. But the score and result hardly mattered after losing Travis to a lower-leg injury -- and how the committee views that injury will be a source of intrigue in the weeks to come.

"It really was about Washington and what Washington did this weekend,"CFP selection committee chair Boo Corrigan said on ESPN, later adding that the Travis injury did not have any impact on the committee's decision this week.

"That's what the next couple of weeks are going to be about," he said. "The key is not projecting what it will be the following week."

Florida State plays at rival Floridaon Saturday with Tate Rodemaker as its starting quarterback and then has the ACC championship game against No. 10 Louisvilleon Dec. 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"After the [conference] championship games, we can look at who's going to be available and who's not going to be available," Corrigan said.

On Monday, Florida State coach Mike Norvell told ESPN he was not worried about what the committee would do this week with its ranking.

"I didn't care three, four weeks ago what our ranking was. I sure don't care what our ranking's going to be this week," Norvell said. "We've done things necessary to show who we are, and we get an opportunity to show how we respond to adversity, to an unfortunate situation, but this is one heck of a football team. I can promise you our guys are going to work as hard we possibly can to get better.

"We get to go on the road, big rivalry game, big week for us, and the next week we get a chance to play in a conference championship. I know that if we go and show all that we are, the ranking in the end that truly matters, we'll put ourselves in position to achieve all the things that we ultimately desire."

There is sure to be more shifting next week with a showdown between rivals Ohio State and Michigan looming Saturday. One of those teams will end up with a loss and no chance to play for a Big Ten championship. The question for Florida State is whether an undefeated season -- with Travis on the sideline -- will still be enough to make a four-team playoff.

The three one-loss teams behind Florida State in the top 10 remain unchanged: Oregonat No. 6, Texasat No. 7 and Alabamaat No. 8. All three have huge games looming as well. The Ducks play Oregon State, which dropped to No. 16, while Texas has Texas Techon Friday with a chance to clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game. Alabama faces rival Auburnand then the SEC championship game against Georgia.

Tulaneremains the highest-ranked Group of 5 team at No. 23, although Libertyjoined the rankings this week at No. 25. Also joining the rankings this week are two schools familiar to Florida State: NC Stateat No. 22 and Clemsonat No. 24.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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