Florida State Seminoles football

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Florida State Seminoles football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 Florida State Seminoles football team
Florida State Seminoles alternate logo.svg
First season 1902 [1]
Head coach Mike Norvell
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Stadium Doak Campbell Stadium
(Capacity: 79,560)
FieldBobby Bowden Field
Year built1950
Field surface419 Tifway Bermuda
Location Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference (since 1992)
DivisionAtlantic Division (since 2005)
Past conferences Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1902–1904)
Independent (1947, 1951–1991)
Dixie Conference (1948–1950)
All-time record55726918 (.671)
Bowl record28163 (.628)
Playoff appearances1
(2014)
Playoff record0−1
Claimed nat'l titles3
(1993, 1999, 2013)
Unclaimed nat'l titles5
(1980, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1996)
National finalist3
(1996, 1998, 2000)
Conference titles18
(1948, 1949, 1950, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Division titles6
(2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Rivalries Florida (rivalry)
Miami (rivalry)
Clemson (rivalry)
Heisman winners3 (Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke, Jameis Winston)
Consensus All-Americans45
Current uniform
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ColorsGarnet and Gold [2]
         
Fight song FSU Fight Song
Mascot Osceola and Renegade [3]
Marching band Marching Chiefs
Outfitter Nike
Website Seminoles.com

The Florida State Seminoles football team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of American football. The Seminoles compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is known for its storied history, distinctive helmet, fight song and colors as well as the many traditions associated with the school.

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Florida State has won three national championships, eighteen conference titles and six division titles along with a playoff appearance. The Seminoles have achieved three undefeated seasons, finished ranked in the top four of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000 and completed 41 straight winning seasons from 1977 through 2017; from 2012 through 2014, the team won 29 consecutive games, tied for the twelfth-longest winning streak in college football and the longest winning streak in ACC history. The 1999 team received votes from ESPN as one of the top teams in college football history. [4]

The team has produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterbacks Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013. The Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the top receiver in college football, is named for Florida State hall of famer Fred Biletnikoff. Other awards won by Florida State players include the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Lombardi Award, the Dick Butkus Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Lou Groza Award, the Dave Rimington Trophy and the Bobby Bowden Award. Florida State coaches have been honored with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award, the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the Broyles Award, and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award. Many former Seminoles have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL.

The program has produced 219 All-Americans (45 consensus and 15 unanimous) and 250 professional players. Florida State has had six members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, two members inducted into the College Football Coaches Hall of Fame and four members inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Seminoles have the tenth-highest winning percentage among all college football programs in Division I FBS history with over 500 victories. Florida State has appeared in forty-eight postseason bowl games and rank ninth nationally for bowl winning percentage and fourth for bowl wins. The Seminoles' archrivals are Florida, whom they meet annually in the last game of the regular season, and Miami; both games are considered among the greatest rivalries in college football. [5] A rivalry with Clemson has developed and grown due to both teams competing yearly for the ACC Atlantic division.

The team is coached by Mike Norvell, in his first year, and plays home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, currently the 18th largest stadium in college football and the 2nd largest in the ACC, located on-campus in Tallahassee, Florida.

History

Early history

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Florida State College football in 1902

As early as the 1890s, Florida State had a football team. Florida State University traces the start of its athletic program to 1902, when Florida State College played the first of its three seasons. [6] From 1902 to 1904, the institution then known as Florida State College fielded a varsity football team called "The Eleven" that played other teams. [7] The Florida State players wore gold uniforms with a large purple F on the front. Their pants were lightly padded, but their upper bodies were largely unprotected. Leather helmets with ear guards covered their heads, and shoehorn-shaped metal nose guards were strapped across their faces. [8] In 1905, the state reorganized its secondary education under the Buckman Act and the football team moved to the University of Florida. [6] In 1947, Florida's university system faced a heavy influx of returning soldiers taking advantage of the G.I. Bill. To accommodate the demand, on May 15, 1947, the Governor signed an act of the Legislature returning Florida State College for Women to coeducational status and naming it The Florida State University. This is recognized as the beginning of Florida State University's current American football program.

In 1902 Florida State College students, supported by president Albert A. Murphree, organized the school's first official football club to play against other schools and teams. The team was known as the "Florida State College Eleven" and W. W. Hughes, professor of Latin and the head of men's sports at the school, served as the first coach. [9] They played their first game against the Bainbridge Giants, a city team from Bainbridge, Georgia, defeating them 5–0. The team then played back-to-back matches against Florida Agricultural College (which later merged into what is now the University of Florida) one week apart, winning the first 6–0 and losing the second 0–6. The following season student enthusiasm grew even more, and the Eleven arranged a full schedule of six games. They competed against teams such as the University of Florida in Lake City (as Florida Agricultural College was then called), Georgia Tech, and the East Florida Seminary (another school that merged into the University of Florida), and finished the season by competing against Stetson College in Jacksonville for The Florida Times-Union's Championship Cup. [10] The following year Jack Forsythe, later the first head coach of the Florida Gators, replaced Hughes as coach, and the Eleven won the unofficial "state championship" by defeating Stetson in Tallahassee. [11] Jock Hanvey assisted Forsythe.

This would be The Eleven's last season, however, as the Florida State Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which reorganized Florida's six colleges into three institutions segregated by gender and race: a school for white males, a school for white females, and a school for African Americans. Florida State College became Florida Female College until 1909, when it became Florida State College for Women. [12] Four other institutions (including the University of Florida in Lake City and the East Florida Seminary) were merged into the new white men's-only University of the State of Florida in Gainesville. [13] Males who formerly attended Florida State College were required to transfer to the Gainesville campus, [12] although several former FSC players transferred to Grant University (now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), with five joining Grant's football team. In 1909 several veterans of the FSC Eleven founded a city team named the Tallahassee Athletics, but this folded after one season. Except for this, until 1947, Tallahassee's only organized or collegiate football team were the team from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (now Florida A&M University). [13]

Foundation of the modern team (1947–1959)

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The inaugural Florida State University football team

The end of World War II brought enormous pressure on the university system in Florida, which saw an influx of veterans applying for college under the GI Bill. The Florida Legislature responded by renaming the Florida State College for Women to Florida State University and allowing men to attend the university for the first time since 1905; football then returned to the university, beginning with the 1947 season. From 1948 through 1959, the Seminole football program achieved much success under coaches Don Veller and Tom Nugent.

Ed Williamson, who introduced football to the school, served as the first coach of the Florida State Seminoles. In his first and only season with Florida State, the Seminoles posted an 0–5 record. Williamson has the worst record out of all the head coaches at Florida State and the only coach to have a winless mark.

As the second coach at Florida State, Don Veller coached at Florida State for five years and compiled a record of 31–12–1. Veller was the first coach to find success coaching the Seminoles. In 1950, Veller led the Seminoles to an 8–0 record, the first unbeaten season in school history.

Once Veller left the school, Tom Nugent became the third coach at Florida State. He stayed at Florida State for six years and compiled a record of 34–28–1. In one of his most notable accomplishments, Nugent gave the Seminoles their first win over an SEC opponent with a 10–0 victory against Tennessee in 1958.

The fourth coach at Florida State was Perry Moss who coached the Seminoles for one year after compiling a 4–6 record. He became the second Florida State coach to leave the school with a losing record and the second to coach at the school for only one season after leaving to coach in the CFL.

Bill Peterson era (1960–1970)

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Under Peterson, the Seminoles defeated the Gators for the first time.

With the arrival of head coach Bill Peterson in 1960, the Seminoles began their move to national prominence. Under Peterson's direction, the Seminoles beat the Florida Gators for the first time in 1964 and earned their first major bowl bid. Peterson also led the Seminoles to their first ever top ten ranking. During his tenure as head coach, Peterson also gave a young assistant by the name of Bobby Bowden his first major college coaching opportunity. [14]

Although not widely known, the Seminoles achieved their first ever number one ranking during this period. In October 1964, the Dunkel College Football Index, a popular power index of that era, placed the Seminoles at the top of their poll after a stunning 48–6 win over highly ranked Kentucky (AP #5, Dunkel #3). Peterson would be named UPI national coach of the week after this program changing victory. [15] [16] In an era of very few bowl games, Peterson's innovative offensive system helped earn the Seminoles four bowl bids from 1964 through 1968. During this time, only Alabama and Mississippi appeared in more bowl games than did Peterson's Seminoles. In 1968, Peterson's eighth year at the helm, the Seminoles claimed their third straight bowl bid as Florida State became the first major college in the state of Florida to earn such a distinction. The Seminoles would not repeat this feat again until the ninth season of the Bobby Bowden era. [17]

In the summer of 1967, Peterson also engineered another first for the Seminole program when he decided to begin the recruitment of African American football players. Apparently, he did so without approval from either the school president or its athletic director. On December 16, 1967, the Seminoles signed Ernest Cook, a fullback from Daytona Beach. Several months later, the Seminoles would sign running back Calvin Patterson from Dade County. Ultimately, Cook decided to switch his allegiance to Minnesota where he would become an All-Big Ten running back. In the fall of 1968, Patterson would become the first African American student to play for the Seminoles as a starter for the Florida State freshmen football team. In the fall of 1970, J. T. Thomas would become the first African American to play in a varsity game for the Seminoles. [18] [19]

Larry Jones and Darrell Mudra eras (1971–1975)

Following Peterson's successful run, the next two coaches had disappointing tenures. Larry Jones was appointed as the sixth head coach at Florida State. Jones coached for three years from 1971-1973 and compiled a record of 15–19, becoming the third Florida State coach to have a losing record. Darrell Mudra was then hired to be the seventh coach of the Seminoles. Mudra lasted just two years from 1974-1975 and compiled a record of 4–18. He became the fourth head coach to have a losing record at Florida State.

Bobby Bowden era (1976–2009)

Bowden is credited with Florida State's rise to prominence. FSU head football coach Bobby Bowden and sons- Tallahassee, Florida (7255276714).jpg
Bowden is credited with Florida State's rise to prominence.

Under head coach Bobby Bowden, who came to Florida State from West Virginia, the Seminoles became one of the nation's most competitive programs, greatly expanding the tradition of football at Florida State. The Seminoles played in five national championship games between 1993 and 2000, and claimed the championship twice, in 1993 and 1999. The FSU football team was the most successful team in college football during the 1990s, boasting an 89% winning percentage. FSU also set an NCAA record for most consecutive Top 5 finishes in the AP football poll – receiving placement 14 years in a row, from 1987 to 2000. The Seminoles under Bowden were the first college football team in history to go wire-to-wire (ranked first place from preseason to postseason) since the AP began releasing preseason rankings in 1936. On December 1, 2009 Bowden announced that he would retire from coaching after the Seminoles' game on New Year's Day 2010 against West Virginia, Bowden's former team, in the Gator Bowl. His legacy has led to the creation of two awards in his honor, the Bobby Bowden Award, an award presented to college football players, and the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, an award presented to college football coaches.

In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the Seminoles had 14 consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins and a top four finish, with a record of 152–19–1 between these years (11 of their 19 losses were decided by seven points or less), and one of the best home records of the era. FSU's accomplishments in these 14 seasons included eleven bowl wins, nine ACC championships, two Heisman Trophy winners, and two national championships.

In the spring of 2007, several FSU athletes including football players were accused of cheating in an online music history class. The NCAA ruled that Florida State was guilty of major violations, announced that it would reduce scholarship limits in 10 sports and force Florida State to vacate all of the victories in 2006 and 2007 in which the implicated athletes participated and placed the university on probation for four years. [20] FSU vacated 12 football victories from the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Bowden finished his career with 377 career wins. [21]

Jimbo Fisher era (2010–2017)

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Coach Fisher led the Seminoles to the 2013 national title.

On January 5, 2010, Jimbo Fisher officially became the ninth head football coach in Florida State history. Fisher had been a member of the Florida State staff for three years, serving as offensive coordinator. He was named head coach-in waiting during the 2008 season. Fisher's ascension helped lead Florida State to a top-10 recruiting class in 2010 and the #1 and #2 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN and Rivals. In his first season as head coach, Florida State went 10–4 with a 6–2 record in ACC conference play. The Seminoles went to their first ACC Championship Game since 2005, losing to Virginia Tech 44–33, and had their first ten win season since 2003. Fisher's first Florida State team notably beat both of its in-state rivals, the Miami Hurricanes 45–17 and the Florida Gators 31–7, for the first time since 1999. Florida State would go on to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where they would beat Steve Spurrier's South Carolina team, 26–17. In his second season, Florida State went 9–4 with a 5–3 record in ACC conference play. For the second year in a row, the Seminoles defeated both of their in-state rivals. Fisher's second Florida State team also defeated Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. Fisher brought in another top-ranked recruiting class in 2012. In his third season, he led the Seminoles to their first conference title in seven years and defeated Northern Illinois to win the Orange Bowl. In the 2013 season, Jimbo Fisher guided his team to a perfect 14–0 record and a national championship with a comeback win against Auburn. In Fisher's fifth season with the Seminoles, he guided Florida State to another undefeated regular season and a playoff berth. Florida State had victories over both in-state rivals, Florida and Miami, in six of Jimbo Fisher's first seven seasons as head coach and won ten or more games in six of his eight seasons.

Fisher resigned as FSU head coach on December 1, 2017, to accept a record ten-year, $75 million contract to become head coach at Texas A&M. Defensive line coach and former defensive lineman Odell Haggins was named interim head coach, becoming Florida State's first African-American head coach, and coached in his first game the next day against Louisiana Monroe. The Seminoles won, extending their bowl streak to an NCAA record 36 seasons. He went on to coach the Seminoles in the bowl game, leading them to a win and their 41st consecutive winning season.

Willie Taggart tenure (2018–2019)

On December 5, 2017, Willie Taggart left Oregon to become the new head coach at Florida State. [22] In his first season, the Seminoles finished with a losing record for the first time since 1976 and missed a bowl game for the first time in thirty-six years. [23] On November 3, 2019, Taggart was fired following a loss to the University of Miami and a 4-5 record throughout the first nine games of the season. Haggins was once again named interim head coach to finish out the season. [24]

Mike Norvell era (2020–present)

On December 8, 2019, Memphis coach Mike Norvell was named the new head coach at Florida State. [25]

Conference affiliations

In the first year of the program, Florida State competed as an independent program without conference affiliation. They were members of the Dixie Conference for three years before returning to independence. They would remain this way until 1992 when, after being courted by several conferences including the Southeastern Conference, they opted to join the Atlantic Coast Conference which is the same conference that they compete in today.

Championships

National championships

Florida State has been selected national champions in eight seasons by NCAA-designated major selectors. [26] [27] :114–115 Florida State claims the 1993, 1999 and 2013 national titles. [28]

YearCoachSelectorRecordBowlOpponentResult
1980 Bobby Bowden FACT 10–2 Orange Oklahoma L 17–18
1987 Bobby Bowden Berryman 11–1 Fiesta Nebraska W 31–28
1992 Bobby Bowden Sagarin 11–1 Orange Nebraska W 27–14
1993 Bobby Bowden Associated Press, Berryman, Billingsley Report, DeVold System, Dunkel System, Eck Ratings System, FACT, Football News, Football Writers Association of America, National Championship Foundation, New York Times, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Sporting News, United Press International, USA Today/CNN (coaches), USA Today/NFF12–1 Orange Nebraska W 18–16
1994 Bobby BowdenDunkel10–1–1 Sugar Florida W 23–17
1996 Bobby Bowden Alderson System 11–1 Sugar Florida L 20–52
1999 Bobby BowdenBCS, USA Today, AP, FW, NFF12–0 Sugar Virginia Tech W 46–29
2013 Jimbo Fisher BCS, USA Today, AP, FW, NFF14–0 BCS NC Game Auburn W 34–31

1993 season

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Florida State's 1993 and 1999 national championship trophies

The Seminoles entered 1993 with a number one ranking and were led by quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.

Florida State cruised to a 9–0 record with their closest game being an eighteen-point win over Miami. The only loss of the season came at second-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame by a score of 31–24, in one of the greatest games in college football history. Despite the loss, Florida State still went on to play for the national title, beating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl with a field goal in the final seconds to claim the school's first national title.

1999 season

After falling short in the national title game against Tennessee in 1998, the Seminoles began the 1999 season ranked first in the country.

Florida State would go on to complete just the second undefeated season in school history and became the first team in history to be ranked number one for an entire season. The Noles would clinch their second national title with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

2013 season

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Florida State's 2013 national championship trophy

After the 2012 season, FSU lost six coaches including defensive coordinator Mark Stoops Despite the numerous coaching changes and off the field incidents, Florida State would go on to become the highest scoring team in FBS history by scoring 723 points in a single season en route to their third national championship. The 2013 Seminoles would hand then third ranked Clemson their worst home loss, set a new attendance record at Doak Campbell Stadium of 84,409 against the seventh ranked Miami Hurricanes, and set a school scoring record of 80 points in a game against the University of Idaho behind freshman quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Conference championships

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ACC Title trophies
SeasonConferenceCoachOverallConference
1948 Dixie Don Veller 7–14–0
1949 DixieDon Veller9–14–0
1950 DixieDon Veller8–02–0
1992 ACC Bobby Bowden 11–18–0
1993 ACCBobby Bowden12–18–0
1994 ACCBobby Bowden10–1–18–0
1995ACCBobby Bowden10–27–1
1996 ACCBobby Bowden11–18–0
1997 ACCBobby Bowden11–18–0
1998ACCBobby Bowden11–27–1
1999 ACCBobby Bowden12–08–0
2000 ACCBobby Bowden11–28–0
2002 ACCBobby Bowden9–57–1
2003 ACCBobby Bowden10–37–1
2005 ACCBobby Bowden8–55–3
2012 ACC Jimbo Fisher 12–27–1
2013 ACCJimbo Fisher14–08–0
2014 ACCJimbo Fisher13–18–0

† Co-champions

Division championships

YearDivisionCoachOpponentACC CG Result
2005ACC Atlantic Bobby Bowden Virginia Tech W 27–22
2008ACC AtlanticBobby BowdenBoston College won the divisional tiebreaker
2010 ACC Atlantic Jimbo Fisher Virginia Tech L 33–44
2012ACC AtlanticJimbo Fisher Georgia Tech W 21–15
2013 ACC AtlanticJimbo Fisher Duke W 45–7
2014 ACC AtlanticJimbo Fisher Georgia Tech W 37–35

† Co-champions

Head coaches

Florida State has had fourteen head coaches since organized football began in 1902. [29] [30] Bobby Bowden, who spent thirty-four years at Florida State, is the winningest coach in school history and has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. During his tenure, Bobby Bowden won two national championships with the Seminoles, while Jimbo Fisher won one. Fisher and Bowden also have the second and third best ACC winning percentages in conference history.

TenureCoachYearsRecordPct.Bowl Games
1902–1903 W. W. Hughes 25–3–1.6110–0–1
1904 Jack Forsythe 12–3.400
1947 Ed Williamson 10–5.000
1948–1952 Don Veller 531–12–1.7161–0
1953–1958 Tom Nugent 634–28–1.5480–2
1959 Perry Moss 14–6.400
1960–1970 Bill Peterson 1162–42–11.5871–2–1
1971–1973 Larry Jones 315–19.4410–1
1974–1975 Darrell Mudra 24–18.182
1976–2009 Bobby Bowden 34304–97–4.75620–9–1
2010–2017 Jimbo Fisher 883–23.7835–2
2017, 2019 Odell Haggins24–1.8001–0
2018–2019 Willie Taggart 29–12.429
2020–present Mike Norvell 10–0.000

† Interim head coach

‡ Bobby Bowden's record omits 12 vacated victories including 1 bowl victory, that would otherwise make his record 316–97–4.

Doak S. Campbell Stadium

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Doak Campbell Stadium

The Florida State Seminoles originally played their home games at Centennial Field until 1950. The Seminoles had an 8–4 record at Centennial, including two undefeated home records. The team currently play their home games at Doak Cambell Stadium, which has a capacity of 79,560. Florida State is 303–97–4 in 404 games played at Doak Campbell.

The stadium, named after former school president Doak Sheridan Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets on October 7, 1950 with the Seminoles winning the game 40–7. At that time the facility had a seating capacity of 15,000. Doak Campbell Stadium, with its original capacity of 15,000 in 1950, was built at a cost of $250,000. In 1954, the stadium grew to a capacity of 19,000. Six thousand more seats were added in 1961. During the Bill Peterson era (1960–70), the stadium was expanded to 40,500 seats, and it remained at that capacity for the next 14 years. Since that time, the stadium has expanded to almost 83,000, largely due to the success of the football team under head coach Bobby Bowden coupled with the ever-growing student body. It now is the second largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

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Bobby Bowden Field

Aesthetically, a brick facade surrounding the stadium matches the architectural design of most of the buildings on the university's campus. In addition to the obvious recreational uses, The University Center surrounds the stadium and houses many of the university's offices as well as The College of Motion Picture Arts, The Dedman School of Hospitality, and The College of Social Work. The field was officially named Bobby Bowden field on November 20, 2004 as Florida State hosted intrastate rival Florida. Florida State has been recognized as having one of the best gameday atmospheres in the country, and Doak Campbell Stadium has been named one of the top stadiums in college sports. [31]

Doak Campbell Stadium has been a great home field advantage for the Noles. Florida State is one of only three schools that can boast a decade home field unbeaten streak. The Seminoles never lost a home game from 1992–2001, a total of 54 games, and have completed twenty-three undefeated seasons at their home stadiums, including twenty-one at Doak Campbell.

The record crowd for the stadium is 84,409; set during a game against the Miami Hurricanes on November 2, 2013.

Rivalries

Florida

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Florida State and Florida have played each year since 1958.

The Florida Gators are the main rival of the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State and Florida have played each other 64 times, with the Gators holding a 36–26–2 advantage [32] . After the arrival of Bobby Bowden in 1976, the Seminoles have compiled a record of 24–21–1; the rivals share a record of 10-10 against each other since 2000. The game alternates between Florida's home stadium, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Florida and Florida State's home stadium, Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

Miami

Florida State and Miami first met in 1951 and have played each year since 1966. Florida State University versus the University of Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium- Tallahassee, Florida.jpg
Florida State and Miami first met in 1951 and have played each year since 1966.

The rivalry dates to 1951, when the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 35–13 in their inaugural meeting. The schools have played uninterrupted since 1966, with Miami leading the series 34–30. [33] Florida State holds a 10–6 advantage since the Hurricanes became a conference foe in 2004.

During the 1980s and 90s, the series emerged as one of the premier rivalries in college football. Between 1983 and 2013, the Hurricanes and Seminoles combined to win 8 national championships (5 for Miami, 3 for Florida State) and played in 15 national championship games (1983, 85, 86, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 96, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 13). The rivalry has been popular not only because of its profound national championship implications and the competitiveness of the games but also because of the immense NFL-caliber talent typically present on the field when the two teams meet. The famous 1987 matchup featured over 50 future NFL players on both rosters combined.

The rivalry is a television ratings bonanza, accounting for the two highest rated college football telecasts in ESPN history. The 2006 game between Miami and FSU was the second most-viewed college football game, regular season or bowl, in the history of ESPN, averaging 6,330,000 households in viewership (a 6.9 rating). It trailed only the 1994 game between Miami and FSU, which notched a 7.7 rating. [34]

Florida Cup

The Florida Cup is the trophy sponsored by the state of Florida given to either the Florida State University Seminoles, the University of Florida Gators, or the University of Miami Hurricanes for winning a round-robin against the other two teams in the same season (including bowl games if necessary). [35]

It was created in 2002 by the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization of the state of Florida, and the Florida Championships Awards, Inc. The idea of finally having a trophy for the round robin winner between the three schools was enthusiastically endorsed by then governor Jeb Bush. Along with the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy (given to the winner of the round robin between Army, Navy and Air Force), the Florida Cup is one of the very few three way rivalries that presents a trophy to the winner.

The Florida Cup was awarded to the Florida State Seminoles in 2013, as Florida and Miami played in the regular season. The Makala Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Florida–Florida State game at the winning team's spring scrimmage. [36]

Clemson

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The Noles and Tigers compete for the Atlantic division title.

Florida State has a rivalry with Atlantic Division foe Clemson Tigers. Florida State leads the all-time series 20–13. [37] The Seminoles dominated the contests through most of the 1990s but 1999 marked a milestone as the hire of Bobby Bowden's son Tommy led to the first meeting, in 1999, which was the first time in Division I-A history that a father and a son met as opposing head coaches in a football game. During the time Tommy coached at Clemson, the game was known as the "Bowden Bowl"; Bobby won the series in the 9 years it was played before Tommy's resignation, taking 5 of those games with all four losses within the last five seasons.

One sticking point in the rivalry remains that a proud Clemson Tiger program that was strong in the 1980s had won 6 of the past 11 ACC titles from 1981–91. 1991 would be the last ACC Championship the Tigers would win until 2011 as Florida State entered the ACC in 1992 and proceeded to win the next 9 ACC Championships in a row, and 12 of the next 14 in the series.

Virginia

The Seminoles also have a rivalry with the Virginia Cavaliers. [38] [39] [40] Florida State and Virginia compete for the Jefferson–Eppes Trophy. The two schools have played for the trophy since its creation in 1995. It has been awarded a total of 19 times, with FSU receiving it 14 times (FSU vacated its 2006 win). The Seminoles hold the all-time advantage 14–4. [41] Because of conference expansion, the teams no longer play annually; the teams last met in 2019.

The Jefferson–Eppes Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Florida State–Virginia game. This game was played annually from 1992 through 2005, but since the conference split into divisions, the teams meet twice every six years. Florida State has been awarded the trophy fifteen times.

Notable games

Individual accomplishments

Individual national award winners

Players

Heisman Trophy
Best Player
Maxwell Award
Best Player
Walter Camp Award
Best Player
Chic Harley Award
Best Player
Archie Griffin Award
Most Valuable Player
AP Player of the Year
1993Charlie Ward, QB
2000Chris Weinke, QB
2013Jameis Winston, QB
1993 – Charlie Ward, QB1993 – Charlie Ward,QB
2013 – Jameis Winston, QB
1993 – Charlie Ward, QB2013 – Jameis Winston, QB2013 – Jameis Winston, QB
Davey O'Brien Award
Best Quarterback
Manning Award
Best Quarterback
Kellen Moore Award
Best Quarterback
Johhny Unitas Award
Best Senior Quarterback
Sammy Baugh Trophy
Best Passer
Jim Brown Award
Best Runningback
Paul Warfield Award
Best Wide Receiver
John Mackey Award
Best Tight End
Dave Remington Trophy
Best Center
1993 – Charlie Ward
2000 – Chris Weinke
2013 – Jameis Winston
2013 – Jameis Winston1991Casey Weldon
1993 – Charlie Ward
1991 – Casey Weldon
1993 – Charlie Ward
2000 – Chris Weinke
2000 – Chris Weinke2015Dalvin Cook 1999Peter Warrick 2014Nick O'Leary 2013Bryan Stork
Jim Thorpe Award
Best Defensive Back
Jack Tatum Trophy
Best Defensive Back
Lombardi Award
Best Lineman/Best Linebacker
Bill Willis Trophy
Best Defensive Lineman
Butkus Award
Best Linebacker
Jack Lambert Trophy
Best Linebacker
1988Deion Sanders
1991Terrell Buckley
1991 – Terrell Buckley
2016Tarvarus McFadden
1992Marvin Jones
2000Jamal Reynolds
1997Andre Wadsworth
2000 – Jamal Reynolds
1987Paul McGowan
1992 – Marvin Jones
1992 – Marvin Jones
1994Derrick Brooks
Lou Groza Award
Best Kicker
Vlade Award
Most Accurate Kicker
1998, 1999Sebastian Janikowski
2008Graham Gano
2013Roberto Aguayo
2013, 2014 – Roberto Aguayo
Bobby Bowden Award
Best Student Athlete
2010Christian Ponder

Coaches

Bobby Dodd Award
Coach of the Year
Walter Camp Award
Coach of the Year
Home Depot Award
Coach of the Year
1980Bobby Bowden 1991 – Bobby Bowden1994 – Bobby Bowden
Broyles Award
Best Assistant Coach
1996Mickey Andrews, DC
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Lifetime Achievement
Bobby Bowden Award
Lifetime Achievement
2010 – Bobby Bowden2011 – Bobby Bowden

Individual conference awards

Players

Coaches

Heisman Trophy

Three Florida State players have been awarded the Heisman Trophy. Charlie Ward received the award in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013. Casey Weldon finished as runner-up in 1991. [62]

Charlie Ward 1991.jpg
Chris Weinke 2001.jpg
Jameis Winston 2013.jpg
FSU's Heisman Trophy winners
YearNamePositionPlaceRef.
1984 Greg Allen RB 7th
1988 Deion Sanders DB 8th
1991 Casey Weldon QB 2nd
1992 Marvin Jones
Charlie Ward
LB
QB
4th
6th
1993Charlie WardQB1st
1995 Warrick Dunn RB9th
1996Warrick DunnRB5th
1999 Peter Warrick WR 6th
2000 Chris Weinke QB1st
2013 Jameis Winston QB1st
2014Jameis WinstonQB6th
2015 Dalvin Cook RB7th [63]
2016Dalvin CookRBT-10th [64]

Consensus All-Americans

219 Florida State players have been honored as All-American players with thirty-eight being awarded as consensus All-Americans. Seven Florida State players have been two-time consensus All-Americans.

Consensus All-Americans
Year(s)NameNumberPosition
1964 Fred Biletnikoff 25WR
1967-1968 Ron Sellers 34WR
1979–1980 Ron Simmons 51DL
1983 Greg Allen 26RB
1985 Jamie Dukes 64OL
1987–1988 Deion Sanders 2CB
1989 LeRoy Butler 6CB
1991–1992 Marvin Jones 55LB
1991 Terrell Buckley 27CB
1993 Charlie Ward 17QB
1993–1994 Derrick Brooks 10LB
1993 Corey Sawyer 8CB
1994 Clifton Abraham 2CB
1995 Clay Shiver 53C
1996 Peter Boulware 58DE
1996 Reinard Wilson 55DE
1997 Sam Cowart 1LB
1997 Andre Wadsworth 85DE
1998–1999 Sebastian Janikowski 38K
1998–1999 Peter Warrick 9WR
1999 Corey Simon 53DL
1999 Jason Whitaker 68OL
2000 Tay Cody 27CB
2000 Snoop Minnis 13WR
2000 Jamal Reynolds 58DE
2003–2004 Alex Barron 70OL
2010 Rodney Hudson 62OL
2011 Shawn Powell 45P
2012 Björn Werner 95DL
2013 Lamarcus Joyner 20S
2013 Bryan Stork 52C
2013 Jameis Winston 5QB
2014 Roberto Aguayo 19K
2014 Tre' Jackson 54OL
2014 Nick O'Leary 35TE
2015 Jalen Ramsey 8CB
2016 Dalvin Cook 4RB
2016 DeMarcus Walker 44DE

Unanimous All-Americans

15 Florida State players have been selected as unanimous All-Americans. Deion Sanders is the only Seminole to have been honored as a two-time unanimous selection. [65]

Unanimous All-Americans
Year(s)NameNumberPosition
1987–1988 Deion Sanders 2CB
1991 Terrell Buckley 27CB
1992 Marvin Jones 55LB
1993 Charlie Ward 17QB
1993 Derrick Brooks 10LB
1999 Sebastian Janikowski 38K
1999 Peter Warrick 9WR
2000 Jamal Reynolds 58DE
2004 Alex Barron 70OL
2010 Rodney Hudson 62OL
2012 Björn Werner 95DL
2013 Lamarcus Joyner 20S
2014 Tre' Jackson 54OL
2016 Dalvin Cook 4RB

Honored jersey numbers

Deion Sanders is one of eleven Seminoles whose numbers have been honored. FSU football player Deion Sanders Tallahassee, Florida.jpg
Deion Sanders is one of eleven Seminoles whose numbers have been honored.
NumberNamePositionCareerRef.
2 Deion Sanders CB 1985–88 [66]
9 Peter Warrick WR 1995-1999 [67]
10 Derrick Brooks LB 1991–1994 [66]
16 Chris Weinke QB 1997–2000 [66]
17 Charlie Ward QB 1989–1993 [66]
25 Fred Biletnikoff WR 1962–1964 [66]
27 Terrell Buckley CB 1989–1991 [66]
28 Warrick Dunn RB 1993–1996 [66]
34 Ron Sellers WR 1966–1968 [66]
50 Ron Simmons DT 1977–1980 [66]
55 Marvin Jones LB 1990–1992 [66]

Bob Crenshaw and Monk Bonasorte awards

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club [68] sponsors an award, known as the Bob Crenshaw Award that is given in memory of a special Seminole football player whose courage and fighting spirit was an inspiration to others.

The award is given in the memory of Robert E. (Bob) Crenshaw who played football from 1952 to 1955. The 175 pounds offensive lineman was the captain of the team in 1954 and a student leader. He was killed in a jet crash in 1958. [69] The plaque's inscription reads: "To the football player with the Biggest Heart." The recipient is chosen by his teammates as the man who best exemplifies the qualities that made Bob Crenshaw an outstanding football player and person. Following the 2016 season, the award is given to offensive players.

YearNamePosition
1958Al Ulmer G
1959Ramon Rogers C
1960Abner Bigbie FB
1961Paul Andrews FB
1962Jim Sims T
1964Larry Brinkley FB
1964Dick Hermann LB
1965Howard Ehler DB
1966Ed Pope G
1967Kim Hammond QB
1968Billy Gunter RB
1969Stan Walker G
1970Bill Lohse LB
1971Bill Henson DT
1972David Snell DB
1973Steve Bratton DE
1974Jeff Gardner OG
1975Lee Nelson DB
1976Joe Camps DB
1977Aaron Carter LB
1978Scott Warren DE
1979Greg Futch OT
1980Monk Bonasorte DB
1981Barry Voltapetti OT
1982Blair Williams QB
1983Ken Roe LB
1984 Todd Stroud NG
1985Pete Panton TE
1986Greg Newell FS
1987Mark Salva C
1988Jason Kuipers OG
1989Tony Yeomans OG
1990 Lawrence Dawsey WR
1991 Dan Footman DE
1992Robbie Baker C
1993Jon Nance NG
1994Steve Gilmer S
Enzo Armella NG
1995Todd Rebol LB
1996Connell Spain DT
1997 Greg Spires DE
1998Troy Saunders CB
1999Reggie Durden CB
2000Patrick Newton LB
2001Bradley Jennings LB
2002 Anquan Boldin WR
2003David Castillo C
2004 Bryant McFadden CB
2005 Andre Fluellen DT
2006Darius McClure S
2007Anthony Houllis S
2008Ryan McMahon C
2009Ryan McMahon C
Markus White DE
2010 Andrew Datko OT
2011 EJ Manuel QB
Lamarcus Joyner S
2012Telvin Smith LB
Devonta Freeman RB
2013Devonta Freeman RB
Lamarcus Joyner DB
2014 Josue Matias OG
Eddie Goldman DT
2015Kareem Are OG
Reggie Northrup LB
2016 Deondre Francois QB
2017Derrick Kelley OG
2018Derrick Kelley OG

Beginning in 2017, The Tallahassee Quarterback Club [68] began sponsoring another award, known as the Monk Bonasorte Award. The award is given in the memory of Monk Bonasorte who played football from 1977 to 1980. He would later return to the university to work in the athletic department before dying of cancer. The award is given to defensive players and the recipient is also chosen by his teammates as the man who best exemplifies the qualities that made Monk Bonasorte an outstanding football player as well as person.

YearNamePosition
2017 Josh Sweat DE
2018Dontavious Jackson LB

Hall of Fame inductees

College Football Hall of Fame

Seven FSU players and three coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

NamePositionCareerInductedRef.
Ron Sellers WR 1966–19681988 [70]
Fred Biletnikoff WR 1962–19641991 [70]
Darrell Mudra Coach 1974–19752000 [70]
Bobby Bowden Coach1976–20092006 [70]
Charlie Ward QB 1989, 1991–19932006 [70]
Ron Simmons DT 1977–19802009 [70]
Deion Sanders CB 1985–19882011 [70]
Derrick Brooks LB 1992–19942016 [71]
Mack Brown Coach1972–1973 (player)2018 [72]
Terrell Buckley CB 1989–19912019 [73]

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Four former Seminoles have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NamePositionCareerInducted
Fred Biletnikoff WR 1965–19781988
Deion Sanders CB 1989–2000, 2004–20052011
Derrick Brooks LB 1995–20082014
Walter Jones OL 1997–20082014

Canadian Football Hall of Fame

One former Seminole has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. [74]

NamePositionCareerInducted
Danny McManus QB 1984–19872011

Records and results

Undefeated seasons

Florida State has completed three "perfect seasons" in its history as well as having gone through the regular season undefeated six times:

YearCoachRegular SeasonFinal Win/Loss
1950 Don Veller 8–08–0
1979 Bobby Bowden 11–011–1
1996 Bobby Bowden11–011–1
1999 Bobby Bowden11–012–0
2013 Jimbo Fisher 12–014–0
2014 Jimbo Fisher12–013–1
Total undefeated seasons3

All-time bowl record

This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl games Florida State has competed in. For the full FSU bowl game history, see List of Florida State Seminoles bowl games

Florida State has played in 49 bowl games in its history and has a 28–16–3 record in those games. The Seminoles are the ninth most successful bowl team in history and played in a record 36 consecutive bowl games from 1982-2017, although the NCAA doesn't recognize this because their 2006 Emerald Bowl win and appearance were both vacated as a result of the 2007 academic scandal.

SeasonDateBowlResultOpponentScore
2009 January 1, 2010 Gator BowlW West Virginia 33–21
2010 December 31, 2010 Chick-fil-A BowlW South Carolina 26–17
2011 December 29, 2011 Champs Sports BowlW Notre Dame 18–14
2012 January 1, 2013 Orange BowlW Northern Illinois 31–10
2013 January 6, 2014 BCS National Championship GameW Auburn 34–31
2014 January 1, 2015 Rose Bowl (College Football Playoff)L Oregon 20–59
2015 December 31, 2015 Peach BowlL Houston 24–38
2016 December 30, 2016 Orange BowlW Michigan 33–32
2017 December 27, 2017 Independence BowlW Southern Mississippi 42–13
2019 December 31, 2019 Sun Bowl Arizona State

Playoffs

The Seminoles have made one appearance in the College Football Playoff.

YearSeedOpponentRoundResult
2014 3#2 Oregon Semifinal – Rose Bowl L 20–59
Total appearances10–1

All-time record vs. current ACC teams

OpponentWonLostTiedPct.StreakFirstLast
Boston College 12150.706Won 219572019 [75]
Clemson 20130.606Lost 519702019 [76]
Duke 182001.000Won 1819922017 [77]
Georgia Tech 14111.558Lost 119032015 [78]
Louisville 1640.800Won 219522019 [79]
Miami 30340.469Lost 319512019 [80]
North Carolina 1531.816Lost 219832016 [81]
NC State 261130.667Won 119522019 [82]
Notre Dame *630.667Lost 119812018 [83]
Pittsburgh 450.444Won 119712013 [84]
Syracuse 1120.846Won 119662019 [85]
Virginia 14140.778Lost 119922019 [86]
Virginia Tech 23131.635Lost 119552018 [87]
Wake Forest 3071.803Lost 119562018 [88]
Totals2391174.669

*Notre Dame is an associate member of the ACC with a scheduling agreement in football
*1Denotes one win vacated during the 2006 and 2007 seasons
*2Denotes two wins vacated during the 2006 and 2007 seasons

All-time record vs. non-conference opponents

[89]

SchoolRecordFirstLast
Abilene Christian 1–219531957
Alabama 11–3–119652017
Alabama-Birmingham 21–020012007
Alabama State 1–020192019
Arizona State 3–119711984
Auburn 5–13–119542014
Baylor 1–219651974
Bethune-Cookman 1–020132013
Boise State 0–120192019
Brigham Young 4–019912010
Central Florida 1–019951995
Charleston Southern 2–020112016
Cincinnati 6–019771990
Citadel 6–0–119552014
Colorado 31–020032008
Colorado State 1–119721974
Cumberland 1–119471948
Delaware State 1–020172017
Delta State 1–019511951
East Carolina 7–019801990
Erskine 1–119481949
Florida 26–36–219582019
Furman 8–219521987
George Washington 1–019611961
Georgia 4–6–119542003
Georgia Southern 2–019881990
Houston 2–13–219602015
Idaho 1–020132013
Indiana 1–019861986
Iowa State 1–119752002
Jacksonville NAS 1–019511951
Jacksonville State 1–119472009
Kansas 5–219711993
Kansas State 3–019701977
Kentucky 1–4–119602007
SchoolRecordFirstLast
Louisiana State 7–219681991
Louisiana-Monroe 3–020112019
Louisiana Tech 2–219521999
Maryland 211–219662013
Memphis 10–7–119591990
Michigan 2–119862016
Michigan State 2–019871988
Middle Tennessee 1–019911991
Millsaps 2–019481949
Mississippi 1–119612016
Mississippi College 3–019481950
Mississippi State 7–219661979
Murray State 1–020122012
Navy 1–019781978
Nebraska 6–219801994
Nevada 1–020132013
New Mexico State 1–019641964
Newberry 1–019501950
North Texas 2–019761977
Northern Illinois 2–020132018
Ohio 1–019561956
Ohio State 3–019811998
Oklahoma 1–619652011
Oklahoma State 4–119582014
Oregon 0–120152015
Penn State 1–1–119672006
Randolph-Macon 1–019501950
Rice 01–020062006
Richmond 3–019591961
Samford 3–019502018
San Diego State 0–219731977
Savannah State 1–020122012
Sewanee 2–019491950
SchoolRecordFirstLast
South Carolina 16–319662010
South Florida 3–120092016
Southern California 2–019971998
Southern Illinois 1–019821982
Southern Mississippi 14–8–119522017
Stetson 6–1–119471954
Sul Ross State 1–019511951
Tampa 9–219481959
Temple 1–019841984
Tennessee 1–119581999
Tennessee-Chattanooga 3–019842015
Tennessee Tech 1–119471958
Texas A&M 4–019671998
Texas Christian 1–219631965
Texas State 1–020152015
Texas-El Paso 0–119551955
Texas Tech 4–119661987
Toledo 1–019861986
Troy 5–119472006
Tulane 103–019831992
Tulsa 5–019691985
UCLA 01–020062006
Utah State 1–019751975
Villanova 3–119541957
Virginia Military Institute 2–119521954
West Alabama 1–119481949
West Virginia 3–019822010
Western Michigan 11–019912006
Whiting Field NAS 1–019491949
Wichita State 2–019691986
William & Mary 1–119591950
Wisconsin 1–020082008
Wofford 3–019501952
Wyoming 0–119661966

*1Denotes win vacated during the 2006 and 2007 seasons
*3Denotes win via forfeit

Polls

Florida State has ended their football season ranked 38 times in either the AP or Coaches Poll. [90]
Top-10 finishes are colored ██

Traditions

The spear design has been used on FSU's helmets since 1976. Florida State Seminoles helmet and football.jpg
The spear design has been used on FSU's helmets since 1976.

Many Florida State traditions are associated with athletics events, especially football, such as Osceola and Renegade, the planting of the spear at midfield during pregame, the lighting of the spear on the night before games, the FSU Fight Song, the Marching Chiefs, the FSU Hymns, the War Chant, and the Tomahawk Chop. The team's uniforms pay respect to the Seminole culture using tribal influences with Native American symbols representing an arrow, a man on a horse, and fire. [91] Fans of the Florida State Seminoles are known as The Tribe, a nod to the nickname that the team carries.

Osceola and Renegade

Osceola and Renegade were introduced in the 1978 season. Osceola and Renegade display at the Moore Athletic Center.jpg
Osceola and Renegade were introduced in the 1978 season.

Osceola and Renegade are the official symbols of the Florida State Seminoles. During home football games, Osceola, portraying the Seminole leader Osceola, charges down the field at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium riding an appaloosa horse named Renegade, and hurls a burning spear at midfield to begin every game. The Seminole Tribe of Florida officially sanctions the use of the Seminole as Florida State University's nickname and of Osceola as FSU's symbol. [92]

Marching Chiefs

The Marching Chiefs were formed in 1949. Marching Chiefs at UF - 1983Fixed.jpg
The Marching Chiefs were formed in 1949.

The Marching Chiefs is the official marching band of the Florida State Seminoles. The band plays at every home game as well as at some away games (Clemson, Miami, and Florida) as well as any Championship or Bowl game. There are upwards of 470 members in the band, holding the distinction of being the world's largest collegiate marching band.

War Chant

The Seminole War Chant was first used in a 1984 game against Auburn. [93] The chant was started in FSU's Marching Band – The Marching Chiefs, originally by members of the percussion section. The melody is based on the 1960s cheer, massacre. [94] The chant has also become associated with the tomahawk chop.

The War Chant would be adopted by the Atlanta Braves when FSU football alumnus Deion Sanders joined the team, and has been used ever since. Craig Day began the Chop at now-defunct Fulton County stadium in response to UF Gator fans doing the Gator Chomp every time Deion came up to the plate. It is also used by the NFL team the Kansas City Chiefs, Mexican soccer club Santos Laguna and the Turkish soccer club Galatasaray.

Sod Cemetery

Florida State Football's Sod Cemetery is the final resting place for over 100 Sod Games. Fsusod1.JPG
Florida State Football's Sod Cemetery is the final resting place for over 100 Sod Games.

For Florida State Football, "sod games" and the Sod Cemetery have been a rich part of the Seminoles college football history, commemorating many of the greatest victories. Away from home and against the odds, Florida State sod games represent the most difficult battles on the football field. The Sod Cemetery stands as a tribute to those triumphs. There are currently 103 pieces of sod in the cemetery.

In 1962, as the Seminoles completed their Thursday practice in preparation to face Georgia at Sanford Stadium, Dean Coyle Moore – a long-time professor and member of FSU's athletic board – issued a challenge: "Bring back some sod from between the hedges at Georgia." On Saturday, October 20, the Seminoles scored an 18–0 victory over the favored Bulldogs. Team captain Gene McDowell pulled a small piece of grass from the field, which was presented to Moore at the next football practice. Moore and FSU coach Bill Peterson had the sod buried on the practice field as a symbol of victory. A monument was placed to commemorate the triumph and the tradition of the sod game was born.

Before leaving for all road games in which Florida State is the underdog, all road games at the University of Florida and all ACC championship and bowl games, Seminole captains gather their teammates to explain the significance of the tradition. Victorious captains return with a piece of the opponent's turf to be buried in the Sod Cemetery inside the gates of the practice field. [95] In recent years, as the Florida State program has been successful, games of significance regardless of whether or not the Seminoles are the underdog, can be designated a "sod game." This most recently occurred in 2013 when the Seminoles traveled to Clemson, South Carolina in what was called the biggest game in ACC history. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 51–14, in what was the biggest margin of victory in Clemson's Memorial Stadium.

College GameDay

The Seminoles have appeared on ESPN's College GameDay 34 times, with 6 bowl appearances. The first ever broadcast of the show took place in South Bend, Indiana when then #1 FSU traveled to play the #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in what was called the Game of the Century. Florida State is 17–17 in games played when College GameDay has traveled to Seminole games. Florida State has hosted the program 11 times, the most by any ACC school. The most recent visit came in 2014 when Notre Dame played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have a 7–4 record when Gameday is on campus.

Famous alumni

Seminoles in the NFL

Florida State has sent 264 players to the National Football League since 1951 [101] , including 45 first-round draft picks. Jameis Winston holds the record as the highest Seminole taken in the NFL Draft as he was selected with the first overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 2015 draft, the highest by a Florida State player since Andre Wadsworth was selected third overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. Eleven players, a school record, were taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, a record tied in 2015. [102] Florida State had 29 players drafted over a three-year period from 2013–2015, the most of any team in the modern draft. [103]

Sixty-five former players have gone on to play in the Super Bowl [104] with two, Fred Biletnikoff and Dexter Jackson, being named the Super Bowl MVP. Three former Seminoles (Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Anquan Boldin) have won the Walter Payton Award.

As of November 25, 2019, Florida State has 36 players active in the NFL. [105]

PlayerDraftedRoundPositionCurrent NFL team
Nigel Bradham 20124th (105)LB Philadelphia Eagles
Terrence Brooks 20143rd (79)S New England Patriots
Brian Burns 20191st (16)LB Carolina Panthers
Demarcus Christmas 20196th (209)DT Seattle Seahawks
Dalvin Cook 20172nd (41)RB Minnesota Vikings
Ronald Darby 20152nd (50)CB Philadelphia Eagles
Mario Edwards, Jr. 20152nd (35)DE New Orleans Saints
Javien Elliott 2016UndraftedCB Carolina Panthers
Cameron Erving 20151st (19)OG Kansas City Chiefs
Devonta Freeman 20144th (103)RB Atlanta Falcons
Graham Gano 2009UndraftedK Carolina Panthers
Eddie Goldman 20152nd (39)DT Chicago Bears
Bobby Hart 20157th (226)OG Cincinnati Bengals
Dustin Hopkins 20136th (177)K Washington Redskins
Rodney Hudson 20112nd (55)C Oakland Raiders
Ryan Izzo 20187th (250)TE New England Patriots
Derwin James 20181st (17)S Los Angeles Chargers
Timmy Jernigan 20142nd (48)DT Philadelphia Eagles
Roderick Johnson 20175th (160)T Houston Texans
Christian Jones 2014UndraftedLB Detroit Lions
Lamarcus Joyner 20142nd (41)CB Oakland Raiders
Derrick Kelly2019UndraftedDT New Orleans Saints
Rick Leonard 20184th (127)T Houston Texans
Trey Marshall2018UndraftedDB Denver Broncos
Derrick Nnadi 20183rd (75)DT Kansas City Chiefs
Nick O'Leary 20156th (194)TE Jacksonville Jaguars
Jalen Ramsey 20161st (5)CB Los Angeles Rams
Xavier Rhodes 20131st (25)CB Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Robinson 20101st (32)CB New Orleans Saints
Josh Sweat 20184th (130)DE Philadelphia Eagles
Auden Tate 20187th (253)WR Cincinnati Bengals
Chris Thompson 20135th (154)RB Washington Redskins
DeMarcus Walker 20172nd (51)DE Denver Broncos
P.J. Williams 20153rd (78)CB New Orleans Saints
Vince Williams 20136th (206)LB Pittsburgh Steelers
Jameis Winston 20151st (1)QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Future opponents

Intra-division opponents

Florida State plays the other six ACC Atlantic opponents once per season.[ citation needed ]

Even Numbered YearsOdd Numbered Years
vs Boston College at Boston College
vs Clemson at Clemson
at Louisville vs Louisville
at NC State vs NC State
at Syracuse vs Syracuse
vs Wake Forest at Wake Forest

Non-division opponents

Florida State plays Miami as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the Coastal division among the other six schools. [106]

201920202021202220232024
vs Miamiat Miamivs Miamiat Miamivs Miamiat Miami
at Virginia vs Pittsburgh at North Carolina vs Georgia Tech at Virginia Techvs Duke

Non-conference opponents

By decree of the Florida Board of Regents, Florida State and Florida must play each other every year. [107]

20202021202220232024202520262027202820292030
vs West Virginia (Atlanta, GA) Notre Dame Louisiana at Notre Dame Alabama at Alabama Georgia at Georgia Notre Dame at Notre Dame
at Boise State UMass Notre Dame
Samford
Florida at Florida Florida at Florida Florida at Florida Florida at Florida Florida at Florida Florida

[108]

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The 2012 Florida State Seminoles football team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University in the sport of American football during the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Seminoles were led by third-year head coach Jimbo Fisher, and played their home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, playing in the Atlantic Division. 2012 marked the Seminoles' 21st season as a member of the ACC and their eighth in the ACC's Atlantic Division.

2013 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 2013 Florida State Seminoles football team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University in the sport of American football during the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS college football season. Florida State competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Seminoles were led by fourth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher and played their home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and played in the Atlantic Division. It was the Seminoles' 22nd season as a member of the ACC and its ninth in the ACC Atlantic Division.

2014 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 2014 Florida State Seminoles football team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University in the sport of American football during the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS college football season. Florida State competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Seminoles were led by fifth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher and played their home games at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. They were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, playing in the Atlantic Division. It was the Seminoles' 23rd season as a member of the ACC and its 10th in the ACC Atlantic Division.

2016 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 2016 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University in the sport of American football during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Seminoles competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and were led by seventh-year head coach Jimbo Fisher. Home games were played at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

2017 Florida State Seminoles football team

The 2017 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University in the sport of American football during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Seminoles competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and were led by eighth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher until he left to coach at Texas A&M before the final game of the regular season. They were then coached by interim head coach Odell Haggins. Home games were played at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

The 2019 Florida State Seminoles football team represents Florida State University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Seminoles were led by second-year head coach Willie Taggart and play their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. They compete as members of the Atlantic Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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