Florida State won a national championship in 2013 and played in the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinals last season.
Having played 28 freshmen, the third-highest total in FBS this season, the Seminoles probably remained in playoff contention longer than expected.
The Seminoles lost for the second time in three games on Saturday, falling 23-13 at No. 1 Clemson, which knocks them out of contention for one of the four spots in the playoff.
Florida State joins previously unbeaten Memphis and Toledo as teams that were eliminated from consideration for one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff. After 10 weeks, 110 of 128 FBS teams have been eliminated, which leaves 18 in the hunt for the four spots.
Here's where FBS stands after Week 10:
Jump to sections: Better luck next season | Previously eliminated | Who's in | Still in contention | On the fence
Better luck next season
All good things must come to an end, eventually. After winning 29 consecutive games against ACC foes, the Seminoles have dropped two of their past three. Saturday's 10-point loss at No. 1 Clemson gave the Tigers the ACC's Atlantic Division title.
Just when it seemed that the No. 13 Tigers might be a legitimate contender for the playoff, they ran into a triple-sized obstacle in Saturday's ugly 45-20 loss to Navy. The Midshipmen ran for a whopping 374 yards, which ended the Tigers' 15-game winning streak.
The No. 24 Rockets' stay in the CFP selection committee's rankings will be short-lived after Thursday night's 32-27 loss to Northern Illinois. The Rockets are now one game behind Western Michigan in the MAC's West Division and their chances at a New Year's Six bowl game also seem slim.
Eliminated in Week 1 (30 teams): Akron Zips, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Army Black Knights, Bowling Green Falcons, Central Michigan Chippewas, Charlotte 49ers (not bowl-eligible), Colorado Buffaloes, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Florida Atlantic Owls, Georgia Southern Eagles, Georgia State Panthers, Idaho Vandals, Kansas Jayhawks, Kent State Golden Flashes, Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, New Mexico State Aggies, SMU Mustangs, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, Texas State Bobcats, Troy Trojans, Tulane Green Wave, UCF Knights, UNLV Rebels, UTEP Miners, Vanderbilt Commodores, Washington State Cougars, Western Michigan Broncos, Wyoming Cowboys
Eliminated in Week 2 (27 teams): Appalachian State Mountaineers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Ball State Cardinals, Buffalo Bulls, Cincinnati Bearcats, Colorado State Rams, East Carolina Pirates, Florida International Golden Panthers, Fresno State Bulldogs, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Louisville Cardinals, Marshall Thundering Herd, Maryland Terrapins, Massachusetts Minutemen, Miami (OH) RedHawks, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Nevada Wolf Pack, New Mexico Lobos, North Texas Mean Green, Rice Owls, San Diego State Aztecs, San Jose State Spartans, South Alabama Jaguars, South Florida Bulls, Utah State Aggies, Virginia Cavaliers
Eliminated in Week 3 (14 teams): Air Force Falcons, Auburn Tigers, Boston College Eagles, Connecticut Huskies, Iowa State Cyclones, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northern Illinois Huskies, Old Dominion Monarchs, Purdue Boilermakers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, South Carolina Gamecocks, Texas Longhorns, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Eliminated in Week 4 (9 teams): Arizona State Sun Devils, BYU Cougars, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Ohio Bobcats, Oregon State Beavers, Tennessee Volunteers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Washington Huskies
Eliminated in Week 5 (4 teams): Arizona Wildcats, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Eliminated in Week 6 (12 teams): Georgia Bulldogs, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas State Wildcats, Miami Hurricanes, Missouri Tigers, Navy Midshipmen, NC State Wolfpack, Oregon Ducks, Syracuse Orange, USC Trojans, West Virginia Mountaineers
Eliminated in Week 7 (6 teams): Boise State Broncos, Kentucky Wildcats, Northwestern Wildcats, Ole Miss Rebels, Penn State Nittany Lions, UCLA Bruins
Eliminated in Week 8 (2 teams): California Golden Bears, Texas A&M Aggies
Eliminated in Week 9 (3 teams): Duke Blue Devils, Pittsburgh Panthers, Temple Owls
The College Football Playoff selection committee caught some flak for having Alabama in its top four on its initial ballot, but the Crimson Tide sure looked like one of the country's best teams in a 30-16 victory over No. 2 LSU on Saturday night. No. 1 Clemson has the clearest path to the playoff after beating No. 16 FSU 23-13 on Saturday, and the Tide will get one of the four spots if they keep winning, too. Defending national champion Ohio State looks like a good bet, and an undefeated Big 12 champion (either Baylor or Oklahoma State) would probably get the fourth spot. If either the Bears or Pokes lose, one-loss teams such as Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Stanford might be in play.
Still in contention
More than a few of you laughed when I predicted a couple of weeks ago that the Crimson Tide would win a national championship. LSU certainly isn't laughing after getting steamrollered in a 30-16 loss at Alabama on Saturday night. I sure wouldn't want to play the Tide right now.
I was surprised to hear the criticism surrounding freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham's debut as a starter in Thursday night's 31-24 win at Kansas State. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 419 yards with three touchdowns -- on the road. His 93.5 total QBR was the highest among 22 true freshmen who have started this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Dabo: I'll take a pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage and onions. Go light on the cheese, please.
The Gators clinched the SEC East with an ugly 9-7 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. How long can coach Jim McElwain mask his team's problems on offense, though? The Gators should beat South Carolina and FAU the next two weeks, but can they score enough points to beat FSU in the regular-season finale and possibly Alabama in the SEC championship game? It's going to be a tall order.
Do you smell the roses, Iowa fans? With Michigan State falling to Nebraska 39-38 on Saturday night, the Hawkeyes are in great shape for a spot in the Rose Bowl (if they don't make the playoff), as long as they win their last three regular-season games against Minnesota (home), Purdue (home) and Nebraska (road).
Alabama's menacing defense held Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette to 31 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown in Saturday night's loss in Tuscaloosa. I'm not sure Jim Brown would have gained anymore against the Tide defensive front.
My sources tell me Nebraska receiver Brandon Reilly just ran back onto the field from Omaha.
After defeating Pittsburgh 42-30 on the road on Saturday, the goal is pretty clear for Notre Dame moving forward: Stay healthy in home games against Wake Forest and Boston College before traveling to Stanford for its Nov. 28 finale. If the Irish win all three games, they'll have a legitimate shot at making the playoff.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer failed to tell us that quarterback J.T. Barrett's suspension for a DUI also required him to wait until halftime to deliver a pep talk to his teammates in Saturday's 28-14 win over Minnesota. That's harsh.
All season, many of us believed the Big 12 championship would be decided on Nov. 27, when Baylor plays at TCU. It might actually be decided the next day, when Oklahoma plays at Oklahoma State in the Bedlam game.
After blasting No. 8 TCU 49-29 on Saturday, the Pokes now have a 35 percent chance to win the Big 12, second only to Baylor's 38 percent chance, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. After playing at Iowa State on Saturday, the Cowboys host No. 6 Baylor on Nov. 21 and No. 15 Oklahoma on Nov. 28.
Memo to Cardinal coach David Shaw: Don't ever schedule another noon ET game. Since falling at Northwestern 16-6, Stanford has won eight games in a row, including a 42-10 rout at Colorado on Saturday. The Cardinal can clinch the Pac-12 North by beating Oregon at home next week.
After their ugly loss at Oklahoma State, the Horned Frogs are behind the eight ball in the Big 12 race. TCU should take out some frustration on lowly Kansas this week, but then it plays at No. 15 Oklahoma on Nov. 21 and hosts Baylor the next week.
The Utes were kind of forgotten after they fell at USC 42-24 last month, but they're in pretty good shape to be among the best one-loss teams. They'll have a chance to impress the committee against No. 23 UCLA on Nov. 21 and potentially against No. 7 Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game.
On the fence
With Temple losing last week and Memphis and Toledo falling this week, the Cougars are looking more and more like the top candidate for a New Year's Six bowl from the Group of 5 conferences. First, the Cougars have to defeat Memphis at home on Saturday.
Moments after Nebraska stunned Michigan State in controversial fashion, Wolverines tight end Jake Butt tweeted the following: "I knew God had our back. Lose on fluke to little bro and that's how they had to go down. I am the biggest [Ohio State] fan now." The tweet was quickly deleted, and Butt's younger brother accepted the blame, claiming he inadvertently posted on his brother's Twitter account.
Don't be surprised if you start hearing UNC coach Larry Fedora as a candidate for other jobs. He has done a remarkable job building his program in the wake of an academic scandal, and the Tar Heels have won eight straight games, including a 66-31 rout of rival Duke on Saturday.
The Badgers keep winning, beating Maryland 31-24 on the road on Saturday, but they're not making up any ground on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten West. If the Hawkeyes clinch the division, the Badgers will be eliminated.