After dropping to 0-2 for the first time since 1989, Florida State consequently tumbled out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since November 2011. However, one system has the Seminoles pegged at No. 12 in the country ― likely much to the dismay of Georgia fans.
That would be the ESPN Football Power Index, which still has the Seminoles ahead of several 4-0 teams, such as Georgia (No. 14), USC (No. 15) and Michigan (No. 17).
In the Bulldogs’ case, it’s a curious spot, considering Georgia picked up a road win at Notre Dame, a school that clearly has the respect of the FPI as evidenced by its position at No. 10.
One would have to scroll pretty far down before finding the next-highest winless team in ESPN’s ranking before seeing 0-4 Baylor at No. 60.
It’s also worth pointing out that 3-1 Auburn sits right on top of Georgia at No. 13. Although the Tigers’ one defeat came at the hands of Clemson (No. 4 in the ranking), Gus Malzahn’s squad doesn’t have any notable wins, while Georgia has picked up a pair: the aforementioned road win against the Irish and a convincing 31-3 home win over Mississippi State (No. 16).
Meanwhile, one would figure Florida State’s loss to N.C. State would be more damaging since it came at home in Doak Campbell Stadium.
This certainly isn’t the first time the ESPN Football Power Index has been put into question, but the ranking this week is taking some heavy shots from fans of other conferences.
For instance, 2-2 Stanford is ranked at No. 9, significantly higher than undefeated USC at No. 15.