Over the past month, the Florida State Seminoles football team has been the talk of college sports. The College Football Playoff Committee’s decision to exclude the Seminoles from the final playoff spot in favor of Alabama sent shockwaves through college football. It was the first time in the College Football Playoff era that an undefeated team was excluded from the playoffs, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis even considered suing the committee.
Despite the backlash, Florida State’s most prominent NIL collective, The Battle’s End, has substantially increased in members. The collective added approximately 900 members in response to the selection committee’s decision. The collective hopes to continue increasing its resources to prevent a similar incident from occurring again.
“With your support we are going to build a juggernaut,” The Battle’s End said in the statement following the decision. “We are fully committed in continuing to support Coach Norvell and his staff to build a program that can never again be cheated by outside forces.”
Florida State was caught in the crossfire of circumstance, a casualty of the limited four-team format in the College Football Playoff. After earning the five seed from the committee, the Seminoles instead faced off against Georgia in the Orange Bowl, losing 63-3.
The impending shift to a 12-team playoff offers hope for broader conference representation next season. Meanwhile, Florida State contemplates a costly exit from the ACC, a move laden with a $600 million price tag before their contract expires in 2036.
A Time For Change
As college football undergoes transformative changes, the topics of inclusion and conference realignment have grown even louder. The impending expansion to a 12-team playoff offers a more equitable representation for teams like Florida State. In navigating this evolving landscape, the Seminoles are strategically evaluating its conference affiliations and financial considerations, contemplating a departure from the ACC. This decision underscores the university’s proactive stance in adapting to the evolving dynamics of collegiate sports, and aligning its interests with the forthcoming changes in the college football landscape.