Florida State's Playoff Dilemma: After Week 13, the College Football Playoff committee faced a tough decision regarding the undefeated Florida State team that won their conference championship.
Top Two Teams: Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies secured the top two spots in the rankings by finishing the season undefeated with conference titles.
Florida State's Drop: Despite logic suggesting Florida State should be the third team, they were surprisingly dropped to No. 5 due to the "eye test," indicating they didn't look as strong, even though they won their conference games.
Alabama and Texas Move Up: Alabama Crimson Tide claimed the No. 4 spot, and the Texas Longhorns moved to No. 3 as Florida State slipped in the rankings.
SMU's Group of Five Contention: With an emphasis on the "eye test," SMU Mustangs were considered for the Group of Five slot, having secured the AAC title.
Liberty Flames' Unusual Record: Liberty Flames won all 13 games in 2023, including the Conference USA championship, but analytics revealed they had the weakest schedule in FBS.
Strength of Record Rankings: According to the Football Power Index, Liberty ranked No. 14 in strength of record, while SMU held the No. 19 spot, playing a tougher schedule with two Power Five opponents.
SMU's Losses: SMU faced setbacks against Power Five teams, losing to Oklahoma and TCU, affecting their playoff consideration.