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Florida State won again. And then Florida State dropped again.

After closing out an undefeated regular season, the Seminoles dropped to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday. In the initial rankings in late October, the Seminoles were slotted at No. 2.

“I’m not surprised by anything anymore,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said after learning the Seminoles dropped to No. 4.

There isn’t much of anything left to harp on with the rankings. The selection committee’s inconsistencies have been well documented. The flaws in the exaggerated Florida State narrative have been exposed.

Yes, the Seminoles have not looked overly impressive, especially the last two weeks when they needed missed fourth-quarter field goals from unranked Boston College and Florida to secure wins. But it wasn’t long ago -- a week to be exact -- that TCU was criticized for narrowly escaping an upset at the hands of Kansas. It would have been the Horned Frogs’ second loss.

Florida State has played five top-15 defenses, which is more than any other contender. The highly-criticized defense is jelling under a first-year coordinator and without the five NFL players lost from 2013. Since the end of September, the Seminoles have jumped 39 spots to No. 27 in scoring defense and 31 spots to No. 47 in total defense. Those rankings are even better when just looking at the month of November.

It is time to digress, though. The regular season is over and Jeff Long gave the impression the Seminoles won’t drop out of the top four as long as they defeat No. 11 Georgia Tech.

Then they will have a chance at another national championship if they win the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl. Unless of course the committee decides to re-rank after the semifinals.