CIAA is full of sh!t when it comes to the tie breaker rule for football. Year in and year out they seem to randomly change the requirements to try and artificially make the regular season games count as long as they can.
Last year the tie breaker requirements were (https://theciaa.com/news/2018/10/30/2018-ciaa-football-report-week-8-championship-scenarios.aspx
•The Northern and Southern Division winners will be determined by the highest winning percentage of conference games won based on the six game conference schedule. (it was a 6 game conference schedule because of the storms that cancelled a lot of games)
•In case of a tie between divisional teams, the winner shall be determined as follows:
◦Head-to Head Point Differential
◦Divisional Winning Percentage
◦Results vs. Common Conference Opponents
However this year they have randomly decided to flip the head to head requirement with the divisional win requirement. That serves as a real chance to screw FSU (https://theciaa.com/news/2019/11/1/2019-ciaa-football-weekly-report-9.aspx
1. In case of a tie between divisional teams, the winner shall be determined as follows:
a. Divisional Win Percentage
b. Head-to-Head Competition
c. Results vs. Common Conference Opponents (to include point differential)
d. Coin Toss
If I am FSU I am pissed because based off of last year's interpretation they would already be in. Now if we beat them and Shaw wins they are out.