Florida Senator Rick Scott Demands Answers..... As to Why FSU Not Selected for Playoffs

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Jagajeet Chiba
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Florida Senator Rick Scott demanded answers on why the ACC champion Florida State University was not selected for the College Football Playoff despite being undefeated.


FSU became the first undefeated team to miss out on the playoffs.  Instead, Alabama was selected with one loss and a close call against interstate rival Auburn just a week ago.  They beat two-time defending champs Georgia this past weekend.

The Republican Senator, in a letter addressed to College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman Boo Corrigan, called the exclusion “shocking” and demanded “total transparency” regarding how the decision was made, requesting relevant records including communications and votes.

"Yesterday, for the first time in its 10 year history, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee (the "Committee") made the shocking decision behind closed doors to exclude an undefeated, Power Five conference champion from the playoffs," Scott wrote in a letter to CFB Playoff Chairman Boo Corrigan after Florida State defeated Louisville 16-6 on Saturday to win the ACC Championship only to fall from 4th place in the playoff standings to 5th thus missing the playoff despite being undefeated.

"The Committee’s decision to drop the 13-0 Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles from its previous 4th-place ranking, and thereby exclude the team from the upcoming playoffs altogether, mere hours after they won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship game has rightly raised questions among millions of Americans about the integrity of the process employed by this 13-member body, which consists of just five (38%) individuals with relevant experience in coaching or playing football at the collegiate level or higher," Scott continued.

"Today, I write to demand total transparency from the Committee regarding how this decision was reached and what factors may have been at play in reaching this outcome."

Florida State would have faced off against Michigan as a double digit underdog having lost their starting quarterback due to injury.  Michigan opened as a -2.5 favorite against Alabama with that number dropping to -1.  Gambling911.com's own model early on suggests an easy cover by the Wolverines.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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