|Florida State Seminoles|
2021 Florida State Seminoles
|Athletic director||Stan Wilcox|
|Head coach||Mike Norvell|
|2nd year, 8–13 (.381)|
|Other staff||Lawrence Dawsey/Randy Sanders, Co-OCs (3rd year)|
Charles Kelly, DC (2nd year)
|Home stadium||Doak Campbell Stadium|
|Field||Bobby Bowden Field (2004-present)|
Centennial Field (1947-1949)
|Stadium capacity||82,300 (2003-present) |
Largest crowd: 84,392 (September 17, 2011 vs. Oklahoma)
|Stadium surface||Natural Grass|
|League||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Past conferences||Dixie Conference (1948-1950)|
|All-time record||521–240–17 ()|
|Postseason bowl record||26–15–2 (.634)
1–5 (BCS Bowls)
3–0 (Bowl Coalition)
2–1 (Bowl Alliance) ()
|Claimed national titles||2 (1993, 1999)|
|Conference titles||15/ 3 Dixie, 12 ACC
Dixie (1948, 1949, 1950)
ACC (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005)
|Division titles||3 (2 Atlantic Championships; 1 Atlantic Co-Championship)
(2005, 2008, 2010)
Atlantic Championships: 2005, 2010
Atlantic Co-Championship: 2008
|Heisman winners||2 (Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke) (1993, 2000)|
(1964, 1967, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011)
|Colors||Garnet, Gold, Black, and White
|Fight song||Scalp 'Em Seminoles
High O'er Towering Pines (Alma Mater)
|Mascot||Osceola & Renegade|
|Marching band||Marching Chiefs|
|Rivals||Miami (FL) Hurricanes (Battle of the Sunshine State)|
Florida Gators (Battle for the Governor's Cup)
Clemson Tigers (Clemson-Florida State rivalry)
Virginia Cavaliers (Jefferson-Eppes Trophy)
The Florida State Seminoles Football team, known traditionally as the Florida State University Seminoles, represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of American football. competes in the NCAA FBS Atlantic Coast Conference, playing their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles are currently coached by Mike Norvell.
Florida State has won three national championships (1993, 1999, and 2013) and finished in the top five of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000. The team has produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Charlie Ward in 1993, quarterback Chris Weinke in 2000, and quarterback James Winston in 2013. Longtime Head Coach Bobby Bowden retired following the Seminoles' win in the 2010 Gator Bowl.
Florida State officially began competing in intercollegiate football in 1947. They gained success during the 1980s and 1990s. The Seminoles joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992 after competing for many years as an independent program. In its short history, the team has been honored with many awards. Florida State has won or shared a total of fifteen conference titles (including twelve ACC titles, as well as the title of inaugural champions of the ACC Championship Game), three Atlantic Division titles, two ACC Championship Game berths resulting in one win, ten state championships, three national championships (including two BCS National Championship), five title games, and many bowl appearances as well as notable wins along with three Heisman winners, thirty-four consensus All-American players, many all-conference team selections including All-ACC player and All-ACC academics, multiple MVPs and Rhodes Scholar athletes along with other academic honors. Florida State coaches have been honored with the Coach of the Year (both conference and national) honor several times while players have received the honor of Player of the Year. Florida State athletes and coaches have also been nominated for and won many other awards. Multiple players and coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Florida State players have had success in the NFL Draft with several being first round picks, and former Seminoles have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL, winning the Rookie of the Year award with some being elected into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Florida State is the twenty-fifth winningest football program in FBS history, and has compiled over 400 victories, while appearing in forty-one postseason bowl games and ranking ninth nationally for bowl winning percentage. Florida State's archrival is in-state foe Florida. The Seminoles and Gators meet annually in the last game of the regular season, considered one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football. Florida State has a rivalry with their other in-state foe and conference rival Miami. The Seminoles also maintain rivalries with ACC foes Clemson and Virginia. Florida State has developed lesser rivalries with other teams over time.
The current head coach of the Seminoles is Mike Norvell, and the team plays its home games on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, located on campus at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Origins
- 3 History
- 4 Historical ranking
- 5 Record book
- 6 Notable moments and seasons
- 7 Stadium
- 8 Current coaching staff
- 9 Head coaches
- 10 Championships
- 11 Undefeated seasons
- 12 State Championships
- 13 Records and results
- 14 Rivalries
- 15 Trophies
- 16 Notable Alumni
- 17 Logos/Uniforms
- 18 References
- 19 External Links
The Florida State University joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in July 1991, and it is one of the twelve current members of the ACC. Florida State is considered one of the teams that brought the conference to its pinnacle becoming the overall most successful program in the ACC. Since the ACC expanded from nine to twelve universities in 2005, and instituted divisional play in football, the Florida State Seminoles football team has competed in the ACC Atlantic Division.
Florida State plays an eight-game ACC football schedule. Five of these contests pit the Seminoles against the other members of the ACC Atlantic Division: Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. The conference schedule is filled out with an annual game against Miami and two additional foes from the ACC Coastal Division on a rotating basis between the other teams in the conference: Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Throughout a rotation schedule, Florida State plays each coastal division team at least twice every six years with possible meetings in the championship game in between regular season meetings. Florida State will also begin to play Syracuse as an Atlantic division partner and Pittsburgh as a Coastal division partner when they join the conference in the coming seasons.
Key conference rivalries include the inter-divisional Florida State-Miami rivalry game with their permanent ACC Coastal Division foe, Miami, the Florida State–Clemson rivalry game which usually carries division implications, and the Florida State-Virginia game which is played on a rotating basis for the Jefferson-Eppes trophy (this game was played on an annual basis until the ACC divided and the teams were placed in separate divisions).
In addition to the conference foes, the Seminoles face in-state rival Florida from the SEC at the end of the regular season. The two teams' emergence as perennial football powers in the 1980s and 1990s helped build the Florida–Florida State rivalry into a game that has often held national title implications. Florida State remains the only team in the state of Florida to play both powers, Florida and Miami, meaning they are the only team in contention for the Florida Cup on a yearly basis.
The remaining dates on Florida State's regular season schedule are filled with various non-conference opponents that vary from year to year.
Florida State College Eleven
Florida State University traces the origins of its modern American football team to 1947, after the school became coeducational following more than forty years as a white women's college. However, football had been played at the school prior to its 1905 reorganization as a women's college. The sport was played at the school, which was known as the West Florida Seminary until 1901 and as Florida State College from 1901 to 1905. This includes a 3-1 record against what would later become the University of Florida. In 1904 Florida State would be the first team to beat all other football teams in Florida, becoming the state's first football champion. 
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. 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. The following year Jack Forsythe replaced Hughes as coach, and the Eleven won the state championship by defeating Stetson in Tallahassee.
This would be the Eleven's last season, however, as the Florida State Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which reorganized the state's colleges, and Florida State College became the Florida Female College (later Florida State College for Women), a school for white women. 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. Many of Florida State's male students, including members of the fraternity system and the football team transferred to the new university. In 1906 the new school established its first official football team led by former Florida State College coach Jack Forsythe. 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).
Florida State University has officially fielded a football team since 1947, and the Seminoles are currently in their 65th season of play.
Early years and beginnings
Template:Rellink 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 the Florida State University and allowing men to attend the university for the first time since 1905. Football then returned to Florida State University, beginning in the 1947 season. From 1948 through 1959, the Seminole football program achieved much success under coaches Don Veller and Tom Nugent. In 1950, Veller led the Seminoles to an 8-0 record, the first unbeaten season ever for any Florida college. Nugent gave the Noles their first win over an SEC opponent with a 10-0 victory against Tennessee in 1958.
Bill Peterson era (1960-1970)
With the arrival of 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.
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 black to play in a varsity game for the Seminoles.
Bobby Bowden era (1976-2009)
- Main article: Bobby Bowden
Under head coach Bobby Bowden, the Seminole football team became one of the nation's most competitive football teams, greatly expanding the tradition of football at Florida State. He is credited with Florida State's rise to prominence. The Seminoles played in five national championship games between 1993 and 2001, 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' upcoming bowl 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.
The Dynasty (1987–2000)
The best years of Florida State football came in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. The Seminoles had 14 consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins and a top five finish. They had a record of 152–19–1 between these years (11 of their 19 losses were decided by seven points or less). They also had one of the best home records at the time. FSU's accomplishments in these 14 seasons included 11 bowl wins, nine ACC championships in nine years, two Heisman Trophy winners, and two national championships.
Jimbo Fisher era (2010-present)
- Main article: Jimbo Fisher
On January 5, 2010, Fisher officially became the ninth head football coach in Florida State history. 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 the Miami Hurricanes 45-17 and the Florida Gators 31-7, en route to capture the Seminoles' first "state championship" since 1999. Florida State would go on to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, where they would beat Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks, 26-17. In his second season, Florida State went 9-4 with a 5-3 record in ACC conference play. The Seminoles won the state championship for the second year in a row by defeating both Miami and Florida. 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.
Template:Rellink In terms of winning percentage, Florida State ranks as the 3rd most successful team in the past 25 years (as of the 2010 season) with a 77% win rate (231-69-2) and 12th over the last half century (1955–2010) with 67%.
The College Football Research Center lists Florida State as the 10th best college football program in history (ahead of rivals Miami and Florida, at #15 and #18 respectively). Seven Florida State squads were listed in Billingsley’s Top 200 Teams of All Time (1869–2010), and after the 2008 season, ESPN ranked Florida State the 9th most prestigious program in history.
The Associated Press poll statistics show Florida State with the 7th most appearances in the final AP Top 5 (with 15). Since the Coaches Poll first released a final poll in 1950, Florida State has 32 seasons where the team finished ranked in the top 25 in the Coaches Polls.
The Florida State Seminoles are widely regarded as one of the most storied and successful programs in the sport. Despite being relatively new to the game, multiple organizations (including ESPN and Bleacher Report) have ranked Florida State as one of the ton ten teams of all time.
Florida State holds many current records and hold the distinction as one of the winningest programs of all time.
Some current records held by the Seminoles are: the tenth longest home winning streak with a total of 37 home wins from 1992–2001, the longest active bowl streak and the second longest of all-time, the current longest bowl winning streak as well as the longest overall bowl win streak, the longest active streak without a losing season, and the longest top five finish streak. Former head coach Bobby Bowden is the second most winning coach of all time with most of those wins coming from his time with the Seminoles. Florida State was the first, and currently, only team to go 'wire-to-wire' by keeping a number one ranking for an entire season.
Notable moments and seasons
- 2010 - The Golden Toe – In the first-ever walk-off, game-winning kick in school history, Dustin Hopkins booted a 55-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Seminoles to a 16-13 victory over Clemson. Just a week prior, Hopkins missed a potential game-winning field goal with 7 seconds left in a two-point loss to North Carolina.
- 2005 - The Miami Muff – In 2005, the Florida State Seminoles finally gained some redemption for the past Wide Right heartbreaks. Trailing 10-7, the Hurricanes drove down the field to set up a game-tying field goal with 2:16 left. When the ball was snapped, it was mishandled by holder Brian Monroe and the ball never reached the kicker's foot. This ultimately led to a Florida State victory
- 2003 - Rix to Sam -- Florida held a 34-31 lead in the fourth quarter when Seminole QB Chris Rix hit WR PK Sam for a 52-yard touchdown pass with 50 seconds remaining, giving the Seminoles a 38-34 win. Before the winning score, Rix had completed a 17-yard pass on 4th and 14 deep in Seminole territory to keep the drive alive.
- 2000 - FSU Wins Second National Championship -- Florida State scored first and took advantage of a blocked punt for a touchdown, giving the Seminoles a 14–0 lead in the first quarter. Virginia Tech, led by QB Michael Vick, answered with a touchdown drive of its own before the end of the quarter, but Florida State scored two quick touchdowns to begin the second quarter. Virginia Tech scored a touchdown before halftime, but halfway through the game, Florida State held a 28–14 lead. In the third quarter, Virginia Tech's offense gave the Hokies a lead with a field goal and two touchdowns. Tech failed to convert two two-point conversions, but held a 29–28 lead at the end of the third quarter. Florida State answered in the fourth quarter, however, taking a 36–29 lead with a touchdown and successful two-point conversion early in the quarter. From this point, the Seminoles did not relinquish the lead, extending it to 46–29 with a field goal and another touchdown. With the win, Florida State clinched the 1999 BCS national championship, the team's second national championship in its history.
- 1996 - #1 vs #2 -- The #1–ranked and undefeated Gators came in to Tallahassee favored against the second-ranked Seminoles. The 'Noles got off to a quick start when Peter Boulware blocked the Gator's first punt of the game, resulting in a touchdown. Florida's eventual Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Danny Wuerffel threw three interceptions in the first half, and FSU had a 17–0 lead after one quarter of play. Wuerffel got on track after that, throwing for three touchdowns. The last one (to WR Reidel Anthony) cut the Florida State lead to three points with just over a minute left to play. The ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, however, and the Seminoles held on for the 24–21 upset win.
- 1994 - The Choke at Doak -- In the greatest fourth-quarter comeback of the series, the Gators led the Seminoles 31–3 after three quarters. However, the Seminoles scored 28 points in the final fifteen minutes to tie the game at 31-31. The Seminoles then won a rematch in the Sugar Bowl 23–17, referred to as "The Fifth Quarter in the French Quarter."
- 1994 - FSU Wins First National Championship -- This 60th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State came into the game 11-1, and ranked first in the nation. Nebraska came into the game undefeated at 11-0, and with a number 2 ranking. Late in 4th quarter, FSU's Heisman trophy winning quarterback Charlie Ward drove the Seminoles all the way to the Nebraska 3 yard line. The Huskers held and forced Scott Bentley to kick his fourth field goal of the night, which was good, and FSU led 18-16 with just 21 seconds remaining. Florida State players and coaches went wild on the sidelines, and were penalized for excessive celebration, costing them 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff. As a result, the Huskers were able to get a decent return and began their final possession at their own 43 yard line. As time ran down, Tommy Frazier hit tight end Trumane Bell for a 29 yard gain to the FSU 28 yard line. The clock ticked down to 0:00, setting off more chaos on the FSU sideline, complete with the compulsory Gatorade bath given to FSU coach Bobby Bowden. However, referee John Soffey ruled that Bell was down with 1 second left on the clock, and ordered the field cleared, allowing Nebraska placekicker Byron Bennett an opportunity to kick the game winning field goal. But the 45 yard kick sailed wide left, preserving the 18-16 win for the Seminoles.
- 1993 - Ward to Dunn -- The Seminoles came into The Swamp ranked No. 1 and looking to play for the national championship. Florida had clinched the SEC East championship and were themselves ranked in the top five. Early on it looked to be a Florida State rout, as the Seminoles took a 27–7 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Florida scored two quick touchdowns to make the score 27–21. With six minutes remaining, the Seminoles faced third down at their own 21-yard-line. In what many people consider the greatest play in Florida State history, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Charlie Ward hit freshman Warrick Dunn up the sideline for a 79-yard game-clinching touchdown run and a 33–21 FSU win.
- 1991 - Big Win at the Big House -- In the their trip ever at Michigan Stadium, Florida State would beat the #3 Michigan Wolverines 51-31 behind quarterback Casey Weldon's 268 yards and 2 TDs and Amp Lee's 122 yards rushing. One of the most memorable plays in Florida State history occurred in the 1st quarter when cornerback Terrell Buckley returned an Elvis Grbac interception for a 40 yard touchdown.
- 1988 - Puntrooskie -- Florida State had a 4th down and 4 to go at its own 21 yard line with about a minute and a half to go in the 4th quarter at Clemson. They lined up to punt but the ball was snapped to an up back who handed it to Leroy Butler who ran down the left side of the field all the way to the Clemson 4 yard line. Florida State wound up kicking a field goal to win the game, 24-21.
- 1964 - FSU's First Win Over UF -- Florida State had never beaten Florida, gaining only a 3-3 tie in six tries, all at Gainesville. Since 1947, when Florida State College for Women became Florida State University, its athletes have endured "girl school" taunts. During the week Florida players wore stickers on their helmets in practice reading "Never, FSU, Never." The thrust may have added considerable fuel to FSU's already blazing fire. FSU's aggressive defense helped force five Florida fumbles, and the Seminoles claimed four of them. The Tribe intercepted two passes. FSU lost two fumbles and had one pass intercepted. Steve Tensi connected on 11 of 22 throws for 190 yards. Fred Biletnikoff, a decoy much of the way and well covered by Florida, caught only two, for 78 yards and a TD. The 16-7 win ended six years of FSU frustration against the Gators and left Florida with a 5-3 record. FSU ended its regular season with a 8-1-1 chart, a showing exceeded only by an unbeaten 1950 season which came at a time when the Tribe was playing in a lesser league.
- 1950 - First Game at Doak – Florida State played the first game at Doak Campbell Stadium.
- 2010 - A New Beginning – The 2010 Florida State Seminoles football team was led by a new coach for the first time in thirty-four years. Jimbo Fisher took over the position and, along with quarterback Christian Ponder, led the team to a 10–4 record and an ACC Championship Game appearance.
- 2009 - Bobby Bowden's Final Year -- The 2009 Florida State Seminoles football team was the last one to be led by coach Bobby Bowden, who would end his final season with a record of 7–6 and a bowl win over his former team, West Virginia.
- 2005 - Inaugural ACC Championship Game – The 2005 Florida State Seminoles football team, led by head coach Bobby Bowden and quarterback Drew Weatherford, finished the season 8-5 and won the first ACC Championship Game by defeating new conference member Virginia Tech by a score of 27-22.
- 1999 - Second National Championship Season -- The 1999 Florida State Seminoles football team, led by head coah Bobby Bowden and quarterback Chris Weinke, finshed the season undefeated at 12-0. They won the national championship by defeating #2 Virginia Tech 46-29 in the Sugar Bowl.
- 1993 - First National Championship Season – The 1993 Florida State Seminoles, led by head coach Bobby Bowden and quarterback Charlie Ward, finished 12–1. Their only loss came against #2 Notre Dame, who defeated the Seminoles 31–24. Florida State went on to win the national championship by defeating #2 Nebraska 18–16 in the Orange Bowl.
- 1992 - First Season in ACC – The 1992 Florida State Seminoles, led by head coach Bobby Bowden, finished 11–1. Their only loss came against #2 Miami, who defeated the Seminoles 19–16. Florida State went on to defeat #11 Nebraska 27–14 in the Orange Bowl. This marked Florida State's first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Florida State Seminoles originally played their home games at Centennial Field until 1950. The team currently play their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium, which has a capacity of 82,300.
Doak S. Campbell Stadium
- Main article: Doak Campbell Stadium
The stadium, named after former Florida State President Doak S. Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets on October 7, 1950 with the Seminoles winning the game 40–7. At that time the facility had a seating capacity of 15,000. Florida State first began play at Centennial Field during the team's inaugural 1947 season and would continue to play there for the following two years (1948 and 1949). 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 largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). 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. 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.
Current coaching staff
|Willie Taggart||Head Coach|
|Odell Haggins||Associate Head Coach/Defensive Tackles|
|Walt Bell||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks|
|Harlon Barnett||Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs|
|Donte' Pimpleton||Running Backs|
|David Kelly||Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Telly Lockette||Tight Ends|
|Greg Frey||Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line|
|Mark Snyder||Defensive Ends|
|Alonzo Hampton||Special Teams Coordinator|
^ Bobby Bowden's record does not include 12 wins that were vacated that would otherwise make his record 316-97-4.
Florida State also has several other national titles that are not officially claimed by the school. The university has six un-claimed titles. They were selected as the national champions in 1980 by the Foundation for the Analysis of Competitions and Tournaments and the Rothman system; in 1987 by Berryman, the Massey Ratings, and the Sagarin Ratings; in 1989 by the Billingsley Report; in 1992 by the Sagarin Ratings; in 1994 by the Dunkel System; and in 1996 by the Alderson System. However, Florida State University does not recognize these titles.
In total, Florida State has been named national champions eight times (1980, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999).
BCS National Championships
Template:Rellink 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.
- 1947: Independent
- 1948–1950: Dixie Conference
- 1951–1991: Independent
- 1992–present: Atlantic Coast Conference
Divisional play began in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the start of the 2005 football season following the addition of Boston College. Coincidentally, in both years, they had the same 5–3 record as Boston College. In 2005, Florida State won at BC, whereas BC won at Florida State in 2008.
Conference championship games
Template:Rellink Florida State has appeared in the ACC Championship Game as the winner of the Atlantic Division twice, defeating Virginia Tech of the Coastal Division in the inaugural game in 2005, and losing to Virginia Tech in 2010.
Template:Rellink Florida State has completed two "perfect seasons" in its history.
- Main article: Florida Cup
A State Championship refers to when the Florida State University Seminoles, the University of Florida Gators, or the University of Miami Hurricanes beat the other two teams from the state of Florida in the same season.
Records and results
1- Five (5) 2006 season wins vacated due to using ineligible players
2- All Seven (7) 2007 season wins vacated due to using ineligible players
All-time bowl record
- Main article: List of Florida State Seminoles bowl games
Template:Rellink Florida State has played in 41 bowl games in its history and owns a 25–14–2 record in those games. The Seminoles are the ninth most successful bowl team in history. Florida State's two most common opponents in bowl play have been Oklahoma and Nebraska. The Seminoles are 1–3 against Oklahoma in bowl games and 4–0 against Nebraska. Florida State's most common bowl destination has been the Orange Bowl (8 trips). Its second most common bowl destinations have been the Sugar Bowl and the Gator Bowl (6 trips each). The Seminoles also hold the longest active Bowl Appearance record at 30 appearances (as of 2011) only being surpassed in the all-time record by Nebraska with 35 appearances. Florida State also carries the nation’s longest winning streak in bowl games at 4 wins (as of 2011).
1 - Bowl win vacated due to using ineligible players
Bowl Championship Series Games
Template:Rellink Florida State has played in six BCS games, including three BCS National Championships. The Seminoles also hold the distinction of playing in the first Bowl Championship Series national championship game. Florida State also played in three Bowl Coalition games and three Bowl Alliance games, the precursors to the BCS.
Since 2002, the Florida Cup has been awarded to Florida State, Florida, or Miami if one team defeats the other two teams in the same season (it is not necessary for the two losing teams to have played each other). Six Florida Cups have been awarded, with Miami winning three, Florida State winning two, and Florida winning one. Florida State won the Cup in 2011 by beating Miami and Florida, even though Florida did not play Miami that season.