Are the Seminoles Really “Back?”
Whenever a team with a storied football background like Florida State goes through what some might call “rebuilding” years, and then starts to gain national prominence again, people always are quick to want to make the claim “We’re back!” This has been taking place on the Florida State campus for the past two years now, starting before last year’s contest against Oklahoma.
We lost the game that night, 23-13, in a hard-fought, back-breaking tilt that left the ‘Noles battered and bruised both physically and emotionally. Shortly after that however, anticipation for the next season, this season, started mounting. It did so for a long and brutal offseason when it seemed like every FSU student, including myself, couldn’t wait for football season to start.
Almost five weeks ago that season finally started and the ‘Noles have taken out their frustrations on each and every team that has stepped foot inside Doak Campbell Stadium so far. That includes previously undefeated and Top-10 ranked Clemson in a wild shootout game last Saturday night.
The prevailing feeling around campus since then has been that the Seminoles are indeed “back” – but are they really? I find myself comparing this 2012 team to all those great teams during the Bowden Dynasty. From 1987-2000 – that’s a 14 year span – the Seminoles went a combined 152-13-1. That’s not a typo, that’s the Florida State Seminoles at their very best of all time.
They might be a more physically talented team than any of those teams in that span, but the game was different back then. The level of athleticism is higher than it was, which of course makes it harder to win today than ever. Last Saturday, the ‘Noles proved that they could go toe-to-toe with some of the most atheletic teams in the country – but will that translate to critical and most likely pressure-filled wins late in the season when a trip to the ACC Championship is on the line? If not, then you can certainly kiss any hopes of being “back” goodbye.
Guess there’s only one way to find out, and that’s to keep watching your ‘Noles all season long, starting with our first road game of the season on Saturday against another team we’ll be looking to avenge an embarrassing loss against, USF, at 6 p.m.