TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State moved up three spots and is ranked 16th in the fourth College Football Playoff poll of the season, it was revealed Tuesday night live on ESPN.
The Seminoles, who also are 16th in the Associated Press and Coaches polls this week, improved to 8-3 overall with a 49-17 win over Louisiana last Saturday. The victory was Florida State’s fourth straight by at least 25 points, the longest active streak in the nation, and FSU’s ACC-best fifth 30-point victory this season.
Florida State is one of three teams, along with No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Ohio State, ranked in the top-10 nationally in both yards per play on offense and defense. The Seminoles are ninth nationally with an average of 4.57 yards per play allowed and 10th with an average of 6.87 yards gained per play. FSU is also one of six teams ranked in the top-25 in total defense, scoring defense, total offense and scoring offense. Florida State ranks 11th in the country with an average of 293.4 yards per game allowed, 13th with an average of 18.0 points allowed per game, 16th by gaining 473.7 yards per game and 23rd with an average of 35.4 points per game.
Florida State is first in the ACC and fourth nationally in pass defense, holding opponents to an average of 155.4 yards per game through the air, and also are first in the conference and fourth in the country holding opponents to an average of 5.7 yards per pass attempt. The Seminoles have rushed for at least 200 yards in six straight games, the longest active streak in the nation and the program’s longest since 1995, and lead the ACC in yards per rush and rushing offense, ranking ninth in the country with an average of 5.54 yards per rush and 14th in the country gaining an average of 217.0 rushing yards per game. FSU is one of three teams in the country and the only team in the ACC averaging at least 250 passing yards and at least 210 rushing yards per game.
The Seminoles have showcased an explosive offense and stifling defense this season, holding the country’s No. 1 explosive play differential rate of +7.84. FSU’s offense explosive play rate of 16.62 percent ranks fifth in the country and its defense explosive plays allowed rate of 8.78 is the ninth-lowest in the nation. Florida State also leads the country with seven touchdown drives of at least 90 yards and is second nationally with 15 touchdown drives of 80-plus yards this season.
FSU wraps its regular season by hosting the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on ABC and be the network’s first primetime Friday after Thanksgiving college football broadcast.