Florida State has been good my entire life. I’m only 33-years-old and we’ve never missed a bowl game since I was birthed. So right now, FSU finds itself in a weird situation, one every other program has gone through, but is foreign to those in Tallahassee.
Are you ready to face the possibility of life as you know it ending the weekend after Thanksgiving?
Well, that’s what it is currently looking like.
FSU has to win five of its next seven games in order to become bowl eligible. You read that correctly. The preseason No. 3 team in the nation with the best player in the nation is currently up against it in terms of even qualifying for college football’s bloated post-season where EVERYONE makes it.
The task is not easy. Clemson, Louisville and Florida remain on the schedule. Duke, while not as talented, is a better coached team right now than FSU.
Here’s a bizarre piece of history: the last season after which Florida State did not play in a bowl game was 1981, a year in which the Seminoles finished with an winning record at 6-5.
Even if FSU does qualify for a bowl, it’s a Christmas Day or worse game.
How does a trip to the Camping World Independence Bowl sound? Christmas in Shreveport, what could be better? I read that the Quick Lane Bowl has an ACC tie-in. I’d happily ridicule that bowl and its host location as well if I’d ever heard of it before.
The options are not exciting to the fan base.
Ok, I had to know.
The Quick Lane Bowl is in Detroit against a Big 10 opponent on December 26th. How would you like to leave 70-degrees in the Sunshine State and spend your Christmas fighting the snow and wind in Detroit against Purdue?
Jimbo Fisher isn’t paid $5.5 million per year to lose six games in a single season. Anybody can do that. If that’s acceptable, you can go pay someone $1-2 million or you could’ve just kept Bobby Bowden. But Bowden was fired for being average. And outside of 2013 and 2014, FSU has been just north of “average.”
But we’re talking about this season. And this season is a Seminole nightmare waiting to happen.
There’s plenty to blame and I start at the top.
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