TALLAHASSEE, Florida. — Florida State advanced three spots for the second straight week to rank 13th in the fifth College Football Playoff poll of the season, as announced live on ESPN Tuesday night.
The Seminoles, ranked 14th in the Associated Press and Coaches polls this week, improved to 9-3 with a 45-38 win over Florida last Friday. The win marked Florida State’s fifth straight win, the program’s longest streak since 2016, and fifth straight game with at least 38 points, FSU’s longest streak since the first 11 games of the 2013 season. The Seminoles defeated Miami and Florida in the same season, scored 45 points against both for the first time in program history and captured their 11th state championship since 1993.
Florida State is one of three teams, along with No. 1 Georgia and No. 6 Alabama, to rank in the top 15 nationally in both yards per game on both offense and defense. The Seminoles rank 10th nationally with an average gain of 6.86 yards per game and 11th with an average of 4.73 yards per game. FSU is also one of five teams ranked in the top-20 in total defense, goal defense, total offense and goal offense. Florida State ranks 14th in the country at an average of 307.3 yards per game, 17th at 19.7 points per game, 14th at an average of 475.7 yards per game, and 18th at an average of 36.2 points per game.
Florida State ranks first in the ACC and fourth nationally in pass defense, and keeps opponents through the air at an average of 158.9 yards per game. He’s also first in the conference and seventh in the country averaging 5.9 yards per pass attempt. The Seminoles have rushed for at least 200 yards in a school record seven straight games, the nation’s longest active streak and the program’s longest since 1987, and lead the ACC in yards per rush and rushing offense and rank ninth in the country with averaging 5.50 yards per rush and ranked 12th in the country averaging 217.8 rushing yards per game. FSU is one of three teams in the country and the only team in the ACC to average at least 250 passing yards and at least 210 rushing yards per game.
The Seminoles have shown explosive and efficient offense this season, as Florida State leads the nation in 88 games of at least 20 yards and is second nationally in seven touchdown drives of at least 90 yards and with 15 touchdown drives of 80+ yards . The Seminoles also lead the ACC and rank fourth nationally in third-down percentage, converting 51.9 percent of their chances, and have hit on 26 of 28 red-zone possessions during their current five-game winning streak, while they finished second in the conference with a 70.5 touchdown percentage in the red this season.
Florida State will find out the location and matchup of its 49th bowl appearance on Sunday.