Giglio top 25: Schedule works against Florida State

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 3, 2013 

  • Giglio’s Top 25

    1. Florida State (1)

    2. Alabama (2)

    3. Oregon (3)

    4. Ohio State (4)

    5. Baylor (5)

    6. Stanford (6)

    7. Clemson (8)

    8. Auburn (9)

    9. South Carolina (10)

    10. Missouri (11)

    11. LSU (12)

    12. Miami (7)

    13. Oklahoma (13)

    14. Central Florida (14)

    15. Louisville (15)

    16. Texas A&M (16)

    17. Northern Illinois (18)

    18. Fresno State (19)

    19. Notre Dame (21)

    20. Michigan State (22)

    21. Arizona State (23)

    22. UCLA (24)

    23. Ole Miss (25)

    24. Oklahoma St. (NR)

    25. BYU (NR)

    Out: Texas Tech (17), Michigan (20)

Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.

Florida State keeps winning and keeps picking up No. 1 votes. The ’Noles got six this week, but they are stuck at No. 3 in the AP poll.

The problem for FSU is what it has left on its schedule (Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho and Florida) compared to Oregon (No. 6 Stanford, Utah, Arizona and Oregon State).

All four teams left on Oregon’s schedule are .500 or better. Stanford stands as a lynchpin in Oregon’s argument, if the Ducks can handle the Cardinal on Thursday.

There isn’t a team left on FSU’s schedule with a winning record, and that includes Florida (4-4).

Alabama actually has the toughest schedule left with a home date against LSU on Saturday and a trip to Auburn on Nov. 30.

The Crimson Tide has lost a home game in each of the past two seasons and went on to win the BCS title.

The troubles with the Gators and Virginia Tech, which could still be in the ACC title game, will end up costing Florida State valuable points in the computer polls.

Finishing third won’t be a problem next year with a four-team playoff bracket, but that doesn’t help the Seminoles this year.

Giglio: jgiglio@newsobserver.com or twitter.com/jwgiglio

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