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NCAAF Florida State Seminoles
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (1992-present)
Past Conferences: Independent
City: Tallahassee, Fla.
Stadium: Doak Campbell Stadium
National Championships: 3 (1993, 1999, 2013)
Conference Titles: 15 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Divisional Titles: 6 (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
The Florida State Seminoles are a Division I program located in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and is coached by Mike Norvell.
Florida State is one of college football’s most storied programs, with three national championships, 15 ACC titles and multiple undefeated seasons.
The Seminoles captured their most recent national title in 2013, edging Auburn 34-31 to complete a 14-0 campaign. Twenty-five players from that team went on to play in the NFL, including Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Florida State has played in 48 bowl games, including every year from 1982-2017. Most of those appearances came under the legendary Bobby Bowden, who was the first coach in NCAA history to take his team to a bowl game in 27 consecutive seasons. He won 315 games over 34 seasons at Florida State — 357 overall, including a stint at West Virginia — and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Jimbo Fisher succeeded him in 2010.
Bowden guided Florida State to its first national championship in 1993, defeating Nebraska 18-16 in the Orange Bowl to finish 12-1. Quarterback Charlie Ward claimed the program’s first Heisman Trophy that season. The Seminoles finished on top again in 1999, outlasting Virginia Tech 46-29 to go 12-0. It marked the 13th consecutive season that Florida State finished in the Top 5 of both the AP and Coaches polls and the first time a school went wire-to-wire ranked No. 1.
In 2000, quarterback Chris Weinke became the school’s second Heisman Trophy winner. Weinke threw for 4,167 yards and 33 touchdowns and ended his career atop the school’s record books in both categories. The Seminoles went 11-2 and lost 13-2 to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, falling in the national championship game for the second time in three seasons. Florida State also was the national runner-up in 1996.
Willie Taggart replaced Fisher in 2018 but had a mostly forgettable tenure. He went 5-7 his first season, posting the Seminoles’ first losing record since 1976, and failed to qualify for a bowl. Following a 4-5 start to the 2019 season, Taggart was fired. In their return to the postseason, the Seminoles dropped the Sun Bowl to Arizona State.
Taggart’s replacement, Mike Norvell, has fared much better following a slow start. Norvell led Florida State to a 10-3 record and victory over Oklahoma in the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl. The school was ranked No. 11 in the final AP Top 25 poll. It was the school’s first 10-win season since 2016 and the 25th all-time.
Notably, Florida State has had 293 players selected in the NFL/AFL Draft all-time, including 46 first-round picks. Additionally, five former Seminoles have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff, cornerback Deion Sanders, linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive lineman Walter Jones and safety Leroy Butler. Meanwhile, eight players and two coaches have made the College Football Hall of Fame: wide receiver Ron Sellers, Biletnikoff, Ward, defensive tackle Ron Simmons, Sanders, Brooks, cornerback Terrell Buckley, linebacker Marvin Jones, Bowden and coach Darrell Mudra.
All Time Records
- Chris Weinke: 9,839
- Chris Rix: 8,390
- Jameis Winston: 7,964
- E.J. Manuel: 7,741
- Drew Weatherford: 7,567
- Dalvin Cook: 4,464
- Warrick Dunn: 3,959
- Greg Allen: 3,769
- Travis Minor: 3,218
- Larry Key: 2,953
- Rod Greene: 3,830
- Ron Sellers: 3,598
- Peter Warrick: 3,517
- E.G. Green: 2,920
- Kez McCorvey: 2,660
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