FSU Football: Should ‘Noles Be Ranked Higher In Polls?

FSU football is ranked No. 17 and No. 15 in the AP and Coaches Polls respectively. Should the ‘Noles be ranked higher with their three losses?

FSU Football is playing some of its best football as of late as they have won back-to-back games since losing a close game against then No. 2 Clemson.

In fact, the ‘Noles were in position to beat Clemson and are a missed field goal away from being 8-1 on the season had they beaten the Tigers.

However, things didn’t go their way and they are where they are in the eyes of the voters.

When it comes to advanced metrics, the ‘Noles are still considered one of the top 11 teams in the nation.

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Nov 15, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) scores a touchdown past Miami Hurricanes safety Jamal Carter (6) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. FSU won 30-26. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Advanced Metrics

The lastest S&P + metrics have FSU football as the No. 11 team in the nation. The FSU offense is No. 7 in nation, and the defense has improved 35 spots in the past months to No. 31.

FSU football special teams S&P + metrics come in at No. 30.

The embarrassing loss to Louisville in the third game of the season still haunts FSU among voters and advanced metrics.

Remember, FSU allowed 8 yards per play on defense and only mustered 4.2 yards per play offensively.

On special teams, they allowed a 69 yard punt return for a touchdown and another return of 61 yards.

If we look at the F/+ ratings, the FSU football teams comes in at No. 12 in the nation. The F/+ ratings combine S&P + and FEI advanced metrics.

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Oct 1, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) and defensive end Jamarcus Robinson (11) along with defensive coordinator Charles Kelly look on during the game against the North Carolina Tarheels at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Teams Ranked Above FSU

The AP Poll has FSU in the No. 17 spot after their dominate win over Boston College on Friday night. Here are the teams ranked ahead of the ‘Noles:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Louisville
  4. Michigan
  5. Clemson
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Washington
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Penn State
  10. West Virginia
  11. Utah
  12. Colorado
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Western Michigan
  15. USC
  16. LSU

Here are the teams advanced metrics rank higher than FSU:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Michigan
  4. Clemson
  5. Louisville
  6. Washington
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Auburn
  9. LSU
  10. Penn State
  11. USC

LSU and USC are the only three loss teams ranked ahead of FSU in either poll.

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Oct 1, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive coordinator Charles Kelly talks to his defense during the game against the North Carolina Tarheels at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Conclusion

Look, did FSU football poop the bed against Louisville in the third game of the season in a redshirt freshman’s first true road game?

Absolutely.

Did the defense look like a sieve against Louisville and others through the first five games of the season?

Absolutely.

Is Louisville THAT much better than FSU? Not a chance, but they were on that particular day. The fact of the matter is the stats say FSU is one of the better teams out there.

Again, they could easily be 8-1 on the season and would definitely be near playoff contention if that had been the case. Those losses against Clemson and UNC are by a combined FIVE points.

The FSU team that played Clemson tit for tat is capable of beating a lot of teams that are currently ranked ahead of them in the AP polls. In fact, that FSU team that played Boston College may be even better than the team we saw against Clemson.

There’s no question they should be ranked higher than No. 17. However, once they lost to Louisville in that fashion, I don’t think AP voters have given them a fair shake since.

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