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The Florida State Seminoles football team is a college football program that competes in NCAA Division I-FBS and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State has won two national championships (1993 and 1999) and finished in the top five of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000. Florida State has produced two Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Charlie Ward in 1993 and quarterback Chris Weinke in 2000. The current head coach of the team is Jimbo Fisher. The team plays its home games at Doak Campbell Stadiummarker, located on-campus at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Floridamarker.


Florida State Universitymarker was established in 1851 as the West Florida Seminary. Football at FSU started as early, or earlier than 1899 at the West Florida Seminary. In 1901, the school was renamed the Florida State College. In 1904 the football team was declared the champions of the state and competed against Georgia Tech and other schools including the Florida Agricultural College in Lake City, one predecessor of the University of Floridamarker in Gainesville, FLmarker.
1902 Florida State College football team
With the passage of the Buckman Act by the Florida Legislature in 1905, the coeducational Florida State College became the female-only Florida Female College, later renamed the Florida State College for Women. All male students, including the fraternity system and the football team, were transferred to the newly created University of Florida.The end of World War II brought enormous pressure on the university system in Florida. The Florida Legislature responded by renaming the Florida State College for Women the Florida State University and allowing men to attend the university for the first time since 1905. Football then returned to Florida State University.

Calvin Patterson became the first African American player for the Florida State University Seminoles in 1968.


"A view of the north end zone"
The stadium, named after former Florida State President Doak S. Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon Collegemarker 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. Florida State first began play at Centennial Field during the team's inaugural 1947 season and would continue to play there for the following two years (1948 and 1949). 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 in part to the success of the football team under head coach Bobby Bowden coupled with the ever growing student body. It now is the largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). 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. The field was officially named Bobby Bowden field on November 20, 2004 as Florida State hosted intrastate rival Florida.

Logos and uniforms

Florida State's uniform combinations

Head coaches

  • Records are through the end of the 2008 Season
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1902–1904 W.W. Hughes 3 7–6–1 .500
1947 Ed Williamson 1 0–5 .000
1948–1952 Don Veller 5 31–12-1 .716
1953–1958 Tom Nugent 6 34–28–1 .548
1959 Perry Moss 1 4–6 .400
1960–1970 Bill Peterson 11 62–42–11 .587
1971–1973 Larry Jones 3 15–19 .441
1974–1975 Darrell Mudra 2 4–18 .182
1976–2009 Bobby Bowden 34 309–91–4 * .772
2010–present Jimbo Fisher 0–0
Totals 10 coaches 64 seasons 457–223–18 .657
  • *Pending NCAA review


National championships

FSU's two National Championships:1993 and 1999
Year Coach Selector Record Bowl
1993 Bobby Bowden AP, Coaches 12-1 Won Orange
1999 Bobby Bowden AP, Coaches 12-0 Won Sugar
Total National Titles 2

Conference championships

Conference Affiliations
  • 1947: Independent
  • 1948-1950: Dixie Conference
  • 1951-1991: Independent
  • 1992-present: ACC

Some of the twelve ACC football Championships
Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1948 Dixie 7-1 4-0
1949 Dixie 9-1 4-0
1950 Dixie 8-0 2-0
1992 ACC 11-1 8-0
1993 ACC 12-1 8-0
1994 ACC 10-1-1 8-0
1995 ACC 10-2 7-1
1996 ACC 11-1 8-0
1997 ACC 11-1 8-0
1998 ACC 11-2 7-1
1999 ACC 12-0 8-0
2000 ACC 11-2 8-0
2002 ACC 9-5 7-1
2003 ACC 10-3 7-1
2005 ACC 8-5 5-3
† Denotes co-champions
Total Conference Titles 15

Divisional championships

Divisional play began in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the start of the 2005 football season following the addition of Boston Collegemarker.

Year Division Overall Record Conference Record
2005 ACC Atlantic 8-5 5-3
2008 ACC Atlantic 8-4 5-3
† Denotes co-champions
Total Division Titles 2

Conference championship games

Florida State has appeared in the ACC Championship Game as the winner of the Atlantic Division once, defeating Virginia Tech of the Coastal Division in the inaugural game in 2005.

Year Division Championship ACC CG Result Opponent PF PA
2005 ACC Atlantic W Virginia Tech 27 22
Totals 1 1-0 27 22

Records and results

Year-by-year results

*Through the end of the 2008 season.

All-time bowl record

Florida State has played in 37 bowl games in its history and owns a 21–14–2 record in those games. Florida State's two most common opponents in bowl play have been Oklahoma and Nebraska. The Seminoles are 1–3 against Oklahoma in bowl games and 4–0 against Nebraska. Florida State's most common bowl destination has been the Orange Bowl (8 trips). Its second most common bowl destinations have been the Sugar Bowl and the Gator Bowl (6 trips each).


Florida State's traditional rivals have been the University of Florida Gators and the University of Miami Hurricanes.

Since 2002, the Florida Cup has been awarded to the team that finishes the best head-to-head record in years where Florida State, Florida, and Miami all play each other. Four Florida Cups have been awarded, with Miami winning three and Florida winning one.


Florida State and Florida have played each other 51 times. The Gators hold a 32–19–2 all-time lead against the Seminoles. During the Bobby Bowden Era, the series is tied 17–17–1.


The Miami-Florida State rivalry dates to 1951, when the Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 35–13 in their inaugural meeting. The schools have played uninterrupted since 1966, with Miami holding the all-time advantage, 30–23.

During the 1980s and 90s, the series emerged as perhaps the premier rivalry in college football. Between 1983 and 2002, the Hurricanes and Seminoles combined to win 7 national championships (5 for Miami, 2 for Florida State) and play in a whopping 15 national championship games (83, 85, 86, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 96, 98, 99, 00, 01, and 02, 03). 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 games have been characterized by remarkable team speed, big plays, hard hitting, and missed field goals (see: Wide Right). In 2004, the intensity of the rivalry was dialed up another notch when Miami joined the Atlantic Coast Conference and the teams became intra-conference rivals.

The rivalry was 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 6,330,000 households in viewership (6.9 rating). It was the second-highest rated game in ESPN history, behind only the 1994 game between Miami and FSU, which notched a 7.7 rating.


Bobby is not the only member of his family to coach Division I-A football. His son Tommy Bowden was the head coach at Clemson University; another son, Terry Bowden, was the head coach at Auburn University where he was the 1993 Coach of the Year; and a third son, Jeff Bowden, was the offensive coordinator at Florida State. All three Bowden men who were head coaches have achieved an undefeated season: Terry in 1993 at Auburn; Tommy in 1998 at Tulane; and Bobby in 1999 at Florida State. Bobby's 1999 Florida State team was the only one to win a National Championship, however. As both Florida State and Clemson are in the same division of the Atlantic Coast Conference for football, the two teams play every year in a game that has become known as "The Bowden Bowl". Their first meeting, in 1999, was the first time in Division I-A history that a father and a son met as opposing head coaches in a football game. Bobby won the series in the 9 years it played before Tommy's resignation, winning 5-4 with all four losses within the last five seasons. Tommy's four wins in the series remain the only times the son has ever beaten the father when facing off as head coach in any of America's four major sports. In the first post-Bowden Bowl showdown between the teams on November 8, 2008, Florida State won 41-27 taking a 17-6 lead in the all time series.

NC State

The divisional rivalry between FSU and NCSU was born out of the seemingly always competitive games between the two teams. The Wolfpack have the most ACC wins over the Seminoles and were the first ACC team to beat the Seminoles in Doak-Campbell Stadium. Since 1998 the series is stands at 6-5 in favor of FSU. Besides the overall competitiveness of the series there are other reasons why this rivalry has been so intense. Not to mention most of the games have been ESPN's nationally televised Thursday night game. Chuck Amato, NC State's former head coach, was a long time assistant under Bobby Bowden. Amato left the FSU staff to return to his alma mater in 2000. Amato brought recruiting pipelines in Florida to the NC State program. After North Carolina, players from the state of Florida make up the second most amount on the NC State roster. This results in many of the players on both teams knowing and having played with or against each other while back in high school.

Academic Cheating scandal

In Spring 2007, several FSU athletes including football players were accused of cheating in a 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. Florida State is appealing parts of the decision.


College Football Hall of Famersmarker

Name Position Years Induction
Ron Sellers Wide receiver 1966-68 1988
Fred Biletnikoff Wide receiver 1962-64 1991
Darrell Mudra Coach 1974-75 2000
Bobby Bowden Coach 1976-current 2006
Charlie Ward Quarterback 1989, '91-93 2006
Ron Simmons Nose guard 1977-1980 2009
Total Hall of Famers – 6

Individual National Award Winners


Charlie Ward - 1993
Chris Weinke -2000
Charlie Ward - 1993
Charlie Ward - 1993
Charlie Ward - 1993
Chris Weinke - 2000
Paul McGowan - 1987
Marvin Jones - 1992

Casey Weldon - 1991
Charlie Ward - 1993
Chris Weinke - 2000
Deion Sanders - 1988
Terrell Buckley - 1991
Marvin Jones - 1992
Jamal Reynolds - 2000
Sebastian Janikowski - 1998, 1999
Graham Gano - 2008


Bobby Bowden - 1994
Mickey Andrews - 1996

Retired numbers

Current/Former NFL players

Other famous players

Four Year Lettermen

Bob Crenshaw Award Winners

Current roster



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