The Liberty Flames, after an undefeated regular season and winning the Conference USA championship, secured a spot in the prestigious New Year's Six.
The College Football Playoff committee ranked Liberty as the #23 team in the nation, making them the highest-ranked Group of Five (G5) team, surpassing #24 SMU.
Despite being a relatively new team in the FBS, joining in 2018, Liberty's remarkable achievements include an average margin of victory of 17 points.
Fans expressed some controversy over the committee's decision, as some believed SMU, with a 10-2 record and AAC championship, should have received the New Year's Six bid.
The committee's rankings also stirred debate by leaving out the undefeated Florida State, the ACC champion with a 13-0 record, in favor of teams with losses on their records, such as Alabama and Texas.
The comparison between Liberty and Florida State raised eyebrows, with Liberty receiving their reward for going undefeated while Florida State, with a similar record, was left out of the top four.
Boo Corrigan, a committee member, addressed the controversy by emphasizing Liberty's dominance.
The decision to prioritize Liberty over Florida State showcased the subjective nature of the committee's rankings, sparking discussions among fans and experts.