Florida State Seminoles football
2024 Florida State Seminoles football team
First season1902[a]
Head coachMike Norvell
4th season, 31–17 (.646)
StadiumDoak Campbell Stadium
(capacity: 79,560)
FieldBobby Bowden Field
LocationTallahassee, Florida
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference (1992–present)
DivisionAtlantic Division (2005–2022)
Past conferencesSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1902–1904)
Independent (1947, 1951–1991)
Dixie Conference (1948–1950)
All-time record588–287–18 (.669)
Bowl record29–18–3 (.610)
Playoff appearances1 (2014)
Playoff record0–1
Claimed national titles3 (1993, 1999, 2013)
Unclaimed national titles6 (1980, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996)
National finalist6 (1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2013)
Conference titles19 (1948, 1949, 1950, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2023)
Division titles6 (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
RivalriesFlorida (rivalry)
Miami (rivalry)
Clemson (rivalry)
Virginia (rivalry)
Heisman winnersCharlie Ward – 1993
Chris Weinke – 2000
Jameis Winston – 2013
Consensus All-Americans45
Current uniform
ColorsGarnet and gold[1]
Fight songFSU Fight Song
MascotOsceola and Renegade[2]
Marching bandMarching Chiefs

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 Coast Conference (ACC). The team is currently coached by Mike Norvell, and plays home games at Doak Campbell Stadium, the 15th largest stadium in college football, located on-campus in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles previously competed as part of the ACC Atlantic Division.

Florida State has won three national championships, nineteen conference titles (three Dixie, sixteen ACC), and six division titles and have made one playoff appearance; the Seminoles have achieved three undefeated seasons, in 1950, 1999, and 2013. Other accomplishments include finishing ranked in the top four of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000, completing 41 straight winning seasons from 1977 through 2017, winning 29 consecutive games from 2012 through 2014, tied for the ninth-longest winning streak in college football and tied for the longest winning streak in ACC history, and also winning 29 consecutive conference games from 1992 through 1995, the longest winning streak in ACC history. The 1999 team was recognized by ESPN as one of the top teams in college football history.[3]

The team has produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterbacks Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013. The program has produced 222 All-Americans (45 consensus and 15 unanimous) and 294 professional players, including two Super Bowl MVPs. Florida State has had nine members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, two members inducted into the College Football Coaches Hall of Fame and five members inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the top receiver in college football, is named for Florida State hall of fame player Fred Biletnikoff and the Bobby Bowden Award, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is named after Florida State hall of fame coach Bobby Bowden.

The Florida State Seminoles have the tenth-highest winning percentage among all college football programs in Division I FBS history with over 500 victories and twenty-six ten win seasons. Florida State has appeared in over 50 postseason bowl games, ranking ninth nationally for bowl winning percentage and fourth for bowl wins with five Orange Bowl victories.


See also: List of Florida State Seminoles football seasons

Florida State's football program was first established in 1902, resuming play and adopting the 'Seminole' nickname in 1947, after forty-six years. The Seminoles joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992, following a long history of competing independently.

Early history (1902–1975)

Florida State has had a football team since as early as the 1890s.

Florida State University traces the start of its athletic program to 1902, when Florida State College played the first of its three seasons.[4] From 1902 to 1904, the institution then known as Florida State College fielded a varsity football team called "The Eleven" that played other teams.[5] 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.[6]

Florida State College football in 1902

W. W. Hughes, professor of Latin and the head of men's sports at the school, served as the first coach.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Jock Hanvey assisted Forsythe.

Florida State College football in 1904

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.[10] 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.[11] Males who formerly attended Florida State College were required to transfer to the Gainesville campus,[10] 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).[11]

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 is 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.

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.[12] 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 No. 5, Dunkel No. 3). Peterson would be named UPI national coach of the week after this program changing victory.[13][14] 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. Receiving a football scholarship, famed actor Robert Urich was a back up center on the Seminoles from 1964 to 1967. 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17][18]

Darrell Mudra was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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 to 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 to 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.

Under head coach Bobby Bowden, who came to Florida State from West Virginia,[19][20] 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 be ranked first place wire-to-wire (i.e., from preseason to postseason) since the AP began releasing preseason rankings in 1936.

In the Bowden era, prior to a 1989 game against long-standing rival Miami, University of Miami mascot Sebastian the Ibis was tackled by a group of police officers at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee as the mascot attempted to put out Chief Osceola's flaming spear. Sebastian was wearing a fireman's helmet and yellow raincoat and holding a fire extinguisher. When a police officer attempted to grab the fire extinguisher, the officer was sprayed in the chest. Sebastian was handcuffed by four officers but ultimately released. University of Miami quarterback Gino Torretta told ESPN, "Even if we weren't bad boys, it added to the mystique that, 'Man, look, even their mascot's getting arrested.'"[21] 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.

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 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.[22] FSU vacated 12 football victories from the 2006 and 2007 seasons and Bowden finished his career with 377 career wins.[23]

Post-Bowden years (2010–2020)

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. 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 and the Florida Gators, 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. 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. 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 2014, he guided Florida State to another undefeated regular season, only to be defeated by Oregon 59–20 in the Rose Bowl, the most points the Seminoles had ever surrendered in a bowl game. 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. While the Seminoles would win at least 10 games in the next two seasons and even finished eighth in the final 2016 poll, they lost five games in ACC play–one fewer than they had lost in Fisher's first five seasons. One of those losses was a 63–20 rout at the hands of Louisville, the most points Florida State had ever surrendered at the time. In 2017, the Seminoles were ranked third in preseason polls, but a 24–7 drubbing by Alabama and a close loss to NC State knocked them out of the polls altogether for the first time since the middle of the 2011 season, and ultimately finished with their first losing on-field record in ACC play since joining the league.

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.

On December 5, 2017, Willie Taggart left Oregon to become the new head coach at Florida State.[24] 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 36 years.[25] On November 3, 2019, Taggart was fired following a loss to Miami and a 4–5 record throughout the first nine games of the season.[26] Haggins was once again named interim head coach to finish out the season.[27]

Mike Norvell era (2020–present)

Current head coach, Mike Norvell

On December 8, 2019, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell was named the new head coach at Florida State.[28] On September 11, 2021, the Seminoles lost to Jacksonville State; it was the first time Florida State had lost to a non-FBS opponent since 1959.[29] In 2022, Mike Norvell led the Seminoles to a 9–3 regular season record and a berth in the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl to play against Oklahoma. Florida State moved up in the AP Poll during the season for the first time since 2016, peaking at #13 prior to the bowl game and winning the most regular season games for the first time since that season as well. The Seminoles would go on to defeat the Sooners to finish with ten wins for the first time in six years. In his fourth season, Norvell guided the Seminoles to an undefeated regular season and a conference championship.

The 2023 team was excluded from the College Football Playoff despite finishing the regular season as undefeated ACC champions. This made the Seminoles the first Power 5 champions of the playoff era to go undefeated but not be selected for the playoff bracket. Coach Mike Norvell said he was "disgusted" by the committee's decision.[30] University Vice President and Athletic Director Michael Alford called the decision "unforgiveable".[31]

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.


National championships

Florida State has been selected national champions in nine seasons by NCAA-designated major selectors.[34][35]: 114–115  Florida State claims the 1993, 1999 and 2013 national championships[36] after winning a postseason bowl national championship game and being named the national champion by all four major consensus selectors (AP, Coaches, FWAA, and NFF).[37]

Claimed national championships

Year[36] Coach Major Selectors Record Bowl Final AP Final Coaches
1993 Bobby Bowden AP, Coaches, FWAA, NFF 12–1 Won Orange (Bowl Coalition National Championship Game) No. 1 No. 1
1999 BCS, AP, Coaches, FWAA, NFF 12–0 Won Sugar (BCS National Championship Game)
2013 Jimbo Fisher 14–0 Won BCS National Championship Game

Unclaimed national championships

Year Coach Major Selector Record Bowl Opponent Result Final AP Final Coaches
1980 Bobby Bowden FACT 10–2 Orange Oklahoma L 17–18 No. 5 No. 5
1987 Bobby Bowden Berryman 11–1 Fiesta Nebraska W 31–28 No. 2 No. 2
1989 Bobby Bowden Billingsley Report[38] 10–2 Fiesta Nebraska W 41–17 No. 3 No. 2
1992 Bobby Bowden Sagarin 11–1 Orange Nebraska W 27–14 No. 2 No. 2
1994 Bobby Bowden Dunkel 10–1–1 Sugar Florida W 23–17 No. 4 No. 5
1996 Bobby Bowden Alderson System 11–1 Sugar Florida L 20–52 No. 3 No. 3

1993 season

Florida State's 1993 and 1999 national championship trophies

Main article: 1993 Florida State Seminoles football team

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 18-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

Main article: 1999 Florida State Seminoles football team

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

Main article: 2013 Florida State Seminoles football team

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 record has since been broken by the 2019 LSU Tigers, with a new lead of 726 points.

During the 2013 season, quarterback Jameis Winston became the third Florida State player to win the Heisman.

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

ACC Title trophies
Season Conference Coach Overall Conference
1948 Dixie Don Veller 7–1 4–0
1949 9–1 4–0
1950 8–0 2–0
1992 ACC Bobby Bowden 11–1 8–0
1993 12–1 8–0
1994 10–1–1 8–0
1995 10–2 7–1
1996 11–1 8–0
1997 11–1 8–0
1998 11–2 7–1
1999 12–0 8–0
2000 11–2 8–0
2002 9–5 7–1
2003 10–3 7–1
2005 8–5 5–3
2012 Jimbo Fisher 12–2 7–1
2013 14–0 8–0
2014 13–1 8–0
2023 Mike Norvell 13–1 8–0

† Co-champions

Division championships

Florida State has appeared in the ACC Championship Game on six occasions, winning five times.
Year Division Coach Opponent ACC CG Result
2005 ACC Atlantic Bobby Bowden Virginia Tech W 27–22
2008 Lost tiebreaker to Boston College
2010 Jimbo Fisher Virginia Tech L 33–44
2012 Georgia Tech W 21–15
2013 Duke W 45–7
2014 Georgia Tech W 37–35

† Co-champions

Bowl games

Main article: List of Florida State Seminoles bowl games

This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl games Florida State has competed in.

FSU in the 1967 Gator Bowl vs. Penn State

Florida State has played in 50 bowl games in its history and has a 29–18–3 record, with one win vacated, 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 to 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.

Season Date Bowl Opponent Result
2011 December 29, 2011 Champs Sports Bowl Notre Dame W 18–14
2012 January 1, 2013 Orange Bowl Northern Illinois W 31–10
2013 January 6, 2014 BCS National Championship Game Auburn W 34–31
2014 January 1, 2015 Rose Bowl (College Football Playoff) Oregon L 20–59
2015 December 31, 2015 Peach Bowl Houston L 24–38
2016 December 30, 2016 Orange Bowl Michigan W 33–32
2017 December 27, 2017 Independence Bowl Southern Mississippi W 42–13
2019 December 31, 2019 Sun Bowl Arizona State L 14–20
2022 December 29, 2022 Cheez-It Bowl Oklahoma W 35–32
2023 December 30, 2023 Orange Bowl Georgia L 3–63

Head coaches

Bowden is the winningest coach in school history.

Florida State has had 14 head coaches since organized football began in 1902.[39][40][41] Bobby Bowden, who spent 34 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.

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct. Bowl Games
1902–1903 W. W. Hughes 2 5–3–1 .611 0–0–1
1904 Jack Forsythe 1 2–3 .400
1947 Ed Williamson 1 0–5 .000
1948–1952 Don Veller 5 31–12–1 .716 1–0
1953–1958 Tom Nugent 6 34–28–1 .548 0–2
1959 Perry Moss 1 4–6 .400
1960–1970 Bill Peterson 11 62–42–11 .587 1–2–1
1971–1973 Larry Jones 3 15–19 .441 0–1
1974–1975 Darrell Mudra 2 4–18 .182
1976–2009 Bobby Bowden 34 304–97–4 .756 20–9–1
2010–2017 Jimbo Fisher 8 83–23 .783 5–2
2017, 2019 Odell Haggins 2 4–2 .667 1–1
2018–2019 Willie Taggart 2 9–12 .429
2020–present Mike Norvell 4 31–17 .646 1–1

† 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

Doak Campbell Stadium has a current capacity of 79,560.

Main article: 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 play their home games at Doak Cambell Stadium, which has a capacity of 79,560. Florida State is 320–105–4 in 429 games played at Doak Campbell.

The stadium, named after former school president Doak Sheridan Campbell,[42] 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).

Doak Campbell Stadium hosted its first game in 1950.

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.[43]

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 to 2001, a total of 54 games, and have completed 24 undefeated seasons at their home stadiums, including 22 at Doak Campbell.

The record crowd for the stadium is 84,431; set during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on October 18, 2014.


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.[44] A rivalry with Clemson has developed and grown due to both teams competing yearly for the Atlantic division.


Main article: Florida–Florida State football rivalry

Florida State and Florida have played each year since 1958.
The Seminoles and Gators have met as ranked opponents on twenty-four occasions.

The Florida Gators are the main rival of the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State and Florida have played each other 67 times, with the Gators holding a 37–28–2 advantage.[45] After the arrival of Bobby Bowden in 1976, the Seminoles have compiled a record of 26–22–1. The game alternates between Florida's home stadium, Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida and Florida State's home stadium, Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.


Main article: Florida State–Miami football rivalry

See also: Wide Right I and Wide Right II

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 35–33, as of the 2023 season.[46]

The Seminoles and Hurricanes have met as ranked opponents on twenty-six occasions.

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 6.33 million households in viewership (a 6.9 rating). It trailed only the 1994 game between Miami and FSU, which notched a 7.7 rating.[47]

Florida Cup

Main article: Florida Cup

Bill Peterson coached the Seminoles to their first win over the Gators in the rivalry.

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).[48]

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.[49]


Main article: Clemson–Florida State football rivalry

The Noles and Tigers competed for the Atlantic division title.

Florida State has a rivalry with conference foe, the Clemson Tigers. Florida State leads the all-time series 21–15.[50] 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 to 1991. 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.


Main article: Jefferson-Eppes Trophy

The Seminoles also have a rivalry with the Virginia Cavaliers.[51][52][53] 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.[54] 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 15 times.

Notable games

Individual accomplishments

See also: Florida State Seminoles football annual team awards

Individual national award winners


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, QB 1993 – Charlie Ward,QB
2013 – Jameis Winston, QB
1993 – Charlie Ward, QB 2013 – Jameis Winston, QB 2013 – 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 Winston 1991Casey Weldon
1993 – Charlie Ward
1991 – Casey Weldon
1993 – Charlie Ward
2000 – Chris Weinke
2000 – Chris Weinke 2015Dalvin 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
Wuerffel Trophy
Community Service, Athletic, and Academic Achievement
2022 – Dillan Gibbons


Bobby Dodd Award
Coach of the Year
Walter Camp Award
Coach of the Year
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Coach of the Year
Home Depot Award
Coach of the Year
1980Bobby Bowden
2023Mike Norvell
1991 – Bobby Bowden 2023 – Mike Norvell 1994 – Bobby Bowden
Broyles Award
Best Assistant Coach
1996Mickey Andrews, DC
Paul "Bear" Bryant 'Lifetime Achievement' Award
Lifetime Achievement
Bobby Bowden Award
Lifetime Achievement
2010 – Bobby Bowden 2011 – Bobby Bowden

Individual conference awards



Bobby Bowden (1993, 1997)
Mike Norvell (2023)

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.[75]

FSU's Heisman Trophy winners
Year Name Position Place Ref.
1967 Kim Hammond QB 5th
1979 Ron Simmons DT 9th
1984 Greg Allen RB 7th
1988 Deion Sanders DB 8th
1991 Casey Weldon QB 2nd
1992 Marvin Jones
Charlie Ward
1993 Charlie Ward QB 1st
1995 Warrick Dunn RB 9th
1996 Warrick Dunn RB 5th
1999 Peter Warrick WR 6th
2000 Chris Weinke QB 1st
2013 Jameis Winston QB 1st
2014 Jameis Winston QB 6th
2015 Dalvin Cook RB 7th
2016 Dalvin Cook RB T-10th
2023 Jordan Travis QB 5th [76]

Consensus All-Americans

The Biletnikoff Award is named in honor of FSU All-American wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff.

222 Florida State players have been honored as All-American players with 38 being awarded as consensus All-Americans.[citation needed][when?] Seven Florida State players have been two-time consensus All-Americans.

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

Unanimous All-Americans

Running back Dalvin Cook is one of fifteen Seminoles to have been named unanimous All-American players.

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.[77]

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

Honored jersey numbers

Deion Sanders is one of twelve Seminoles whose numbers have been honored by the school.
No. Name Position Career Ref.
2 Deion Sanders CB 1985–88 [78]
5 Jameis Winston QB 2012-2014 [79]
9 Peter Warrick WR 1995–1999 [80]
10 Derrick Brooks LB 1991–1994 [78]
16 Chris Weinke QB 1997–2000 [78]
17 Charlie Ward QB 1989–1993 [78]
25 Fred Biletnikoff WR 1962–1964 [78]
27 Terrell Buckley CB 1989–1991 [78]
28 Warrick Dunn RB 1993–1996 [78]
34 Ron Sellers WR 1966–1968 [78]
50 Ron Simmons DT 1977–1980 [78]
55 Marvin Jones LB 1990–1992 [78]

Hall of Fame inductees

College Football Hall of Fame

Ron Sellers was the first Seminole player to be inducted into the hall of fame.

Nine FSU players and two coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In addition, one former player, Mack Brown, has been inducted into the Hall as a coach.

Name Position Career Inducted Ref.
Ron Sellers WR 1966–1968 1988 [81]
Fred Biletnikoff WR 1962–1964 1991 [81]
Darrell Mudra Coach 1974–1975 2000 [81]
Bobby Bowden Coach 1976–2009 2006 [81]
Charlie Ward QB 1989, 1991–1993 2006 [81]
Ron Simmons DT 1977–1980 2009 [81]
Deion Sanders CB 1985–1988 2011 [81]
Derrick Brooks LB 1992–1994 2016 [82]
Terrell Buckley CB 1989–1991 2019 [83]
Marvin Jones LB 1990–1992 2022 [84]
Warrick Dunn RB 1993–1996 2024 [85]

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Five former Seminoles have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[86]

Name Position Career Inducted
Fred Biletnikoff WR 1965–1978 1988
Deion Sanders CB 1989–2000, 2004–2005 2011
Derrick Brooks LB 1995–2008 2014
Walter Jones OL 1997–2008 2014
LeRoy Butler S 1990–2001 2022

Canadian Football Hall of Fame

One former Seminole has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[87]

Name Position Career Inducted
Danny McManus QB 1984–1987 2011

Records and results


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

Year Seed Opponent Round Result
2014 3 No. 2 Oregon Semifinal – Rose Bowl L 20–59

All-time record vs. current ACC teams

[failed verification]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Pct. Streak First Last
Boston College 16 5 0 .762 Won 5 1957 2022[88]
California3 0 0 0
Clemson 21 15 0 .583 Won 1 1970 2023[89]
Duke 22 0 0 1.000 Won 22 1992 2023[90]
Georgia Tech 15 11 1 .574 Won 1 1903 2022[91]
Louisville 18 6 0 .750 Won 2 1952 2023[92]
Miami 33 35 0 .485 Won 3 1951 2023[93]
North Carolina 17 3 1 .833 Won 2 1983 2021[94]
NC State 27 16 0 .628 Lost 3 1952 2022[95]
Notre Dame* 6 5 0 .545 Lost 3 1981 2021[96]
Pittsburgh 5 6 0 .455 Won 1 1971 2023[97]
SMU3 0 0 0
Stanford3 0 0 0
Syracuse 14 2 0 .875 Won 4 1966 2023[98]
Virginia 15 4 0 .789 Lost 1 1992 2019[99]
Virginia Tech 24 13 1 .645 Won 1 1955 2023[100]
Wake Forest 31 9 1 .768 Won 1 1956 2023[101]
Totals 259 131 4 .662

*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
*3beginning in the 2024–2025 season

All-time record vs. non-conference opponents


School Record First Last
Abilene Christian 1–2 1953 1957
Alabama 11–3–1 1965 2017
Alabama-Birmingham 21–0 2001 2007
Alabama State 1–0 2019 2019
Arizona State 3–2 1971 2019
Auburn 5–13–1 1954 2014
Baylor 1–2 1965 1974
Bethune-Cookman 1–0 2013 2013
Boise State 0–1 2019 2019
Brigham Young 4–0 1991 2010
Central Florida 1–0 1995 1995
Charleston Southern 2–0 2011 2016
Cincinnati 6–0 1977 1990
Citadel 6–0–1 1955 2014
Colorado 31–0 2003 2008
Colorado State 1–1 1972 1974
Cumberland 1–1 1947 1948
Delaware State 1–0 2017 2017
Delta State 1–0 1951 1951
Duquesne 1–0 2022 2022
East Carolina 7–0 1980 1990
Erskine 1–1 1948 1949
Florida 28–37–2 1958 2023
Furman 8–2 1952 1987
George Washington 1–0 1961 1961
Georgia 4–7–1 1954 2023
Georgia Southern 2–0 1988 1990
Houston 2–13–2 1960 2015
Idaho 1–0 2013 2013
Indiana 1–0 1986 1986
Iowa State 1–1 1975 2002
Jacksonville NAS 1–0 1951 1951
Jacksonville State 2–2 1947 2021
Kansas 5–2 1971 1993
Kansas State 3–0 1970 1977
School Record First Last
Kentucky 1–4–1 1960 2007
LSU 9–2 1968 2023
Louisiana-Lafayette 1–0 2022 2022
Louisiana-Monroe 3–0 2011 2019
Louisiana Tech 2–2 1952 1999
Maryland 211–2 1966 2013
Massachusetts 1–0 2021 2021
Memphis 10–7–1 1959 1990
Michigan 2–1 1986 2016
Michigan State 2–0 1987 1988
Middle Tennessee 1–0 1991 1991
Millsaps 2–0 1948 1949
Ole Miss 1–1 1961 2016
Mississippi College 3–0 1948 1950
Mississippi State 7–2 1966 1979
Murray State 1–0 2012 2012
Navy 1–0 1978 1978
Nebraska 6–2 1980 1994
Nevada 1–0 2013 2013
New Mexico State 1–0 1964 1964
Newberry 1–0 1950 1950
North Alabama 1–0 2023 2023
North Texas 2–0 1976 1977
Northern Illinois 2–0 2013 2018
Ohio 1–0 1956 1956
Ohio State 3–0 1981 1998
Oklahoma 2–6 1965 2022
Oklahoma State 4–1 1958 2014
Oregon 0–1 2015 2015
Penn State 1–1–1 1967 2006
Randolph-Macon 1–0 1950 1950
Rice 01–0 2006 2006
Richmond 3–0 1959 1961
Samford 3–0 1950 2018
San Diego State 0–2 1973 1977
Savannah State 1–0 2012 2012
School Record First Last
Sewanee 2–0 1949 1950
South Carolina 16–3 1966 2010
South Florida 3–1 2009 2016
Southern California 2–0 1997 1998
Southern Illinois 1–0 1982 1982
Southern Mississippi 15–8–1 1952 2023
Stetson 6–1–1 1947 1954
Sul Ross 1–0 1951 1951
Tampa 9–2 1948 1959
Temple 1–0 1984 1984
Tennessee 1–1 1958 1999
Tennessee-Chattanooga 3–0 1984 2015
Tennessee Tech 1–1 1947 1958
Texas A&M 4–0 1967 1998
Texas Christian 1–2 1963 1965
Texas State 1–0 2015 2015
Texas-El Paso 0–1 1955 1955
Texas Tech 4–1 1966 1987
Toledo 1–0 1986 1986
Troy 5–1 1947 2006
Tulane 103–0 1983 1992
Tulsa 5–0 1969 1985
UCLA 01–0 2006 2006
Utah State 1–0 1975 1975
Villanova 3–1 1954 1957
Virginia Military Institute 2–1 1952 1954
West Alabama 1–1 1948 1949
West Virginia 3–0 1982 2010
Western Michigan 11–0 1991 2006
Whiting Field NAS 1–0 1949 1949
Wichita State 2–0 1969 1986
William & Mary 1–1 1959 1950
Wisconsin 1–0 2008 2008
Wofford 3–0 1950 1952
Wyoming 0–1 1966 1966

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

All-time record vs. rivals

Opponent Won Lost Tied Pct. Streak First Last
Florida 28 37 2 .433 Won 2 1958 2023
Miami 33 35 0 .485 Won 3 1951 2023
Clemson 21 15 0 .583 Won 1 1970 2023
Virginia 15 4 0 .789 Lost 1 1992 2019
Totals 97 91 2 .516


Florida State has ended their football season ranked 40 times in either the AP or Coaches Poll.[103][failed verification]
Top-10 finishes are colored ██


The spear design has been used on FSU's helmets since 1976.

There are numerous Florida State traditions associated with athletics, particularly football. These include the mascots, Osceola and Renegade, the planting of the spear at midfield before football games, the FSU Fight Song, the FSU Hymns, the War Chant, the Tomahawk Chop, and the Legacy Walk. 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.[104] 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 are the official symbols of the Florida State Seminoles. During home football games, Osceola, portraying the Seminole leader Osceola, charges down the 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.[105]

Marching Chiefs

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.

War Chant

The Marching Chiefs hold the distinction of being the world's largest collegiate marching band, with upwards of 400 members.

The Seminole War Chant was first used in a 1984 game against Auburn.[106] 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.[107] 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.

Florida State's Sod Cemetery is a rich part of the program's history. When FSU wins a difficult away game, a piece of turf is pulled from the field and buried in the cemetery. 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 111 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.[108] 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."

Famous former players

Ron Simmons was a defensive tackle for the Seminoles before going on to have a career in the WWE.

Seminoles in the NFL

See also: List of Florida State Seminoles in the NFL Draft

Former Florida State running back Warrick Dunn is one of three Seminoles to have received the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Florida State has sent 294 players to the National Football League since 1951,[114] including 46 first-round draft picks. Florida State has had a player drafted in each draft since 1984.[115] 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. Eleven players, a school record, were taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, a record tied in 2015.[116]

Seventy-four former players have gone on to play in the Super Bowl[117] 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.

Future opponents


Permanent Conference Opponents



[119] By decree of the Florida Board of Regents, Florida State and Florida must play each other every year.[120]

2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Memphis Alabama at Alabama Georgia at Georgia Notre Dame at Notre Dame
at Notre Dame Kent State Notre Dame
Charleston Southern Texas A&M–Commerce
Florida at Florida Florida at Florida Florida at Florida Florida

See also


^[a] The school played three seasons as Florida State College from 1902 to 1904 and resumed playing as Florida State University in 1947.[121]


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