Florida State's 17-16 loss to North Carolina State earlier this month continues to leave a sour taste in the mouths of the Seminoles as several top-ranked teams went down with losses this week.
Jimbo Fisher's squad has been on a tear all season, putting on offensive clinics against opponents for more than 44 points a game. However, the one blemish on its record has been the devastating loss to the Wolfpack, making itsr goal for a shot at the BCS title nearly impossible.
Florida State had that game locked up with a 16-0 lead going into halftime, but NC State managed to score 17 unanswered points to steal the victory with just seconds remaining in the game.
If Florida State had found some way to muster up a stop on that last drive, the Seminoles would be undefeated at 8-0 and contenders for a position near the very top of the BCS standings. Had the Seminoles remained unbeaten up to this point, the last real test would have come from a final showdown with Florida.
The table had been set for Florida State to make its rise up the BCS rankings this week. Notre Dame (7-0) and Oklahoma (5-1) were scheduled to play this week, forcing the loser to drop to two losses on the season, possibly booting it from the top 10.
Then, Mississippi State was schedule to meet up with No. 1-ranked Alabama, drawing concern that the 7-0 Bulldogs would suffer their first loss of the season, also making them a candidate to drop down the board.
Finally, the loss by previously undefeated Florida to Georgia this week became just another reason the Seminoles would have been in the discussion to move up.
While Florida State is still in good shape to dominate the rest of the ACC by season's end, the loss of a golden opportunity to stake a claim of the BCS title stings considering how scenarios would have played out.
Alabama, which has looked equally strong this season, has also been destroying opponents with an average of 41 points per game. A matchup between these two high-powered offenses would have made for an exciting finish to the season, but it's not likely to happen.
All Florida State can do right now is wonder what position it would have been in had that loss not occurred.