ESPN’s Football Power Index ratings are always confusing as they have some absolutely ridiculous teams near the top each week. This week’s FPI has Ohio State at No. 2 despite a loss and Penn State behind them despite being undefeated. So it should come as no surprise that the FPI somehow has Florida State at the No. 16 spot despite a staggering four losses.
This is absolutely ludicrous considering that Louisville — who just beat the Seminoles on Saturday — N.C. State (who also beat FSU), undefeated UCF, two-loss USC and a two-loss LSU team are all better candidates for the spot, but are behind them. This a Florida State team that has lost some close games for sure, but they are a really bad team.
They are playing a freshman quarterback with no experience and are putting him behind an offensive line that pretty much refuses to protect whoever is in the backfield. The defense is mediocre as both the passing and rushing defense are middle of the pack in the ACC. They give up about 350 yards of total offense, but only average 356 themselves, which is second-to-last in the conference.
There’s just no justifying putting this team in the top 25 of any sort of list. Especially one that uses simulations like the FPI does. There should be a lot of losing going on in those simulations for FSU, but apparently that’s not the case.