|1993 Florida State Seminoles football|
Consensus national champion
Orange Bowl champion
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Record||12–1 (8–0 ACC)|
|Offensive coordinator||Brad Scott (4th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Mickey Andrews (10th season)|
|Home stadium||Doak Campbell Stadium|
|1993 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Florida State $||8||–||0||12||–||1|
|No. 19 North Carolina||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 23 Clemson||5||–||3||9||–||3|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1993 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University and were the national champions of the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Bobby Bowden and played their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The season gave the Seminoles their first national title as well as their first Heisman winner in quarterback Charlie Ward.
FSU beat its first five opponents by an average score of 46–3, during which linebacker Derrick Brooks outscored all five opponents combined. The Seminoles' first real contest didn't come until October 9, when the third ranked Miami Hurricanes came to Tallahassee with a 31-game regular season win streak. That game was sealed when FSU safety Devin Bush picked off a Frank Costa pass and ran it back 40 yards for a Florida State touchdown, making the score 28–10 with 4:59 to play.
On November 13, 1993, Florida State played Notre Dame in a matchup of unbeaten teams. FSU was ranked #1 and Notre Dame was ranked #2. In a matchup hailed as the "Game of the Century", the Seminoles bid for a perfect season fell short as Notre Dame prevailed, 31–24. The Irish had leads of 24–7 and 31–17 before the Seminoles scored late (on a pass tipped in the end zone) to cut the final margin to seven points. After that game, Notre Dame was voted #1 and FSU was voted #2.
However, #1 Notre Dame lost at home the following week to #17 Boston College 41–39 on a 41-yard field goal as time expired. The voters returned the Seminoles to the #1 spot, and they were matched against Nebraska (now #2) in the Orange Bowl. Florida State rallied late to eke out an 18–16 win, as Nebraska missed a potential game-winning 45-yard field goal on the game's final play. After the bowl games, 12–1 Florida State was voted #1 and 11–1 Notre Dame was voted #2 in both polls.
|August 28||12:00 p.m.||vs. Kansas*||No. 1||ABC||W 42–0||51,734|
|September 4||7:00 p.m.||at Duke||No. 1||PPV||W 45–7||26,800|
|September 11||12:00 p.m.||No. 17 Clemson||No. 1||JPS||W 57–0||74,991|
|September 18||7:30 p.m.||at No. 13 North Carolina||No. 1||ESPN||W 33–7||54,100|
|October 2||12:00 p.m.||Georgia Tech||No. 1||ABC||W 51–0||74,611|
|October 9||12:00 p.m.||No. 3 Miami (FL)*||No. 1||ABC||W 28–10||77,813|
|October 16||4:00 p.m.||No. 15 Virginia||No. 1||ESPN||W 40–14||76,607|
|October 30||2:00 p.m.||Wake Forest||No. 1||W 55–0||66,666|
|November 6||12:00 p.m.||at Maryland||No. 1||JPS||W 49–20||36,255|
|November 13||1:30 p.m.||at No. 2 Notre Dame*||No. 1||NBC||L 24–31||59,075|
|November 20||7:30 p.m.||NC State||No. 2||ESPN||W 62–3||73,123|
|November 27||12:00 p.m.||at No. 7 Florida*||No. 1||ABC||W 33–21||85,507|
|January 1||8:00 p.m.||vs. No. 2 Nebraska*||No. 1||NBC||W 18–16||81,536|
|1993 Florida State Seminoles football team roster|
Main article: 1993 NCAA Division I-A football rankings
|AP||1 (42)||1 (47)||1 (50)||1 (59)||1 (57)||1 (58)||1 (61)||1 (61)||1 (62)||1 (62)||1 (62)||1 (62)||2||1 (33)||1 (42)||1 (42)||1 (46)|
|Coaches||1 (47)||1 (54)||1 (56)||1 (59)||1 (59)||1 (58)||1 (57)||1 (58)||1 (59)||1 (59)||1 (59)||1 (60)||3||2 (11)||3 (10)||3 (13)||1 (36)|
See also: 1993 Duke Blue Devils football team
See also: Florida State–Miami football rivalry
See also: 1993 Maryland Terrapins football team
Main article: 1993 Florida State vs. Notre Dame football game
See also: 1993 NC State Wolfpack football team
See also: Florida–Florida State football rivalry
Main article: 1994 Orange Bowl
See also: 1993 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
The following were selected in the 1994 NFL Draft.
|William Floyd||Running back||1||28||San Francisco 49ers|
|Lonnie Johnson||Tight end||2||61||Buffalo Bills|
|Corey Sawyer||Defensive back||4||104||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Sean Jackson||Running back||4||129||Houston Oilers|
|Kevin Knox||Wide receiver||6||192||Buffalo Bills|
|Toddrick McIntosh||Defensive tackle||7||216||Dallas Cowboys|
The following would play in the NFL in later years.
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