By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
@Tim_Linafelt on Twitter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2012, the Florida State football team celebrated its ACC Championship Game victory with oranges, a nod to a looming date in the Orange Bowl.
Last year, the Seminoles had roses between their teeth before the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl.
There wasn’t anything like that after FSU’s 37-35 victory over Georgia Tech here Saturday, though.
The Seminoles know they have another game to play. They just don’t know when or where it will be.
A 13-0 campaign that’s backed by a 29-game winning streak means that FSU should be among the four-team field in the Inaugural College Football Playoff.
“Should,” of course, is the key word.
“I haven’t seen a criteria,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I don’t know. You tell me. Anybody know?”
If anyone did, they didn’t answer.
Fisher’s question is reasonable following a weeks-long slide down the CFP rankings.
FSU, the country’s only undefeated team, placed fourth in the most recent rankings behind Alabama, Oregon and Texas Christian.
But strong final statements by one-loss hopefuls TCU (a 55-3 winner over Iowa State), Baylor (38-27 over Kansas State) and Ohio State (59-0 over Wisconsin) have led to speculation that FSU might miss the cut.
Coaches from each program stated his team’s case following their games, and Fisher gave a strong answer when asked if he had any message for the selection committee.
“I don’t have a message to them, but there ain’t no decision to be made,” he said. “The decision just got made.”
If the Seminoles are worried about their playoff resume, they hid it well on Saturday night.
Senior center Cam Erving said that what the committee thinks of FSU is “none of our business – as long as we get the respect we deserve.”
And senior receiver Rashad Greene said he fully expects the Seminoles to be included, and that he welcomes a matchup with anyone.
That includes No. 1 Alabama. The current rankings had the Seminoles paired with the Crimson Tide for a game that would likely be held at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
“I’m pretty sure that’s how everybody wants it,” Greene said. “That’s why we’re No. 4.”
Count quarterback Jameis Winston among those who prefer to face the Tide, too.
Winston, who grew up just 45 miles from Tuscaloosa, Ala., said that playing Alabama would be “a dream come true.”
After last year’s win over Auburn in Pasadena, Winston would have a chance to improve to 2-0 against his home state’s heavyweights.
“Shoot, we can look ahead now,” Winston said. “I want to play them real bad and I look forward to that game. It’s amazing.”
Winston and the Seminoles won’t have to wait long to learn their fates. The final playoff pairings will be announced Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN
Fisher insisted that he’s not concerned about FSU’s position within the final four, just as long as the Seminoles are in.
“We’ll be in the playoff,” he said. “That’s what matters.”