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Florida State Football: Seminoles' Road to the 2013 BCS

Perry KostidakisContributor IDecember 18, 2016

Somehow, someway, Florida State has played itself right into the middle of the national championship conversation, taking a team that was supposed to go through a rebuilding year all the way to a beatdown of the then-No. 3/4 team in the nation, the Clemson Tigers. 

Florida State players and coaches seem to think that they have themselves a championship team in Tallahassee, and by checking all the factors, they may in fact be right. 

"Oh, I don't put us second to none," said wide receiver Rashad Greene, following the team's 51-14 win over Clemson. "We definitely are the best team in the country."

And he may just be right, as FSU is now the No. 2 team in the country, according to the initial BCS rankings, released by way of ESPN's BCS Countdown.

Where Florida State Stands
RecordAP PollCoaches PollStrength of ScheduleBCS Ranking
6-0 (4-0 ACC)33422
Sagarin, ESPN

 

Biggest Obstacles to a BCS Berth

Right now, Florida State stands in the position of controlling its own fate when it comes to a BCS berth. If the Seminoles win out, they will find themselves either in the Orange Bowl for the second straight year or, if it all works out, in the final BCS National Championship Game. 

First, however, the Seminoles have to navigate the rest of their regular-season schedule, as well as the ACC Championship Game should they win out. Current No. 7 Miami and Florida both pose the threat of a rivalry upset, and FSU may have to face off against Miami again or even a Virginia Tech team with a staunch defense in the ACC Championship. 

The rest of the Seminoles' schedule, which includes NC State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Idaho, should be manageable. 

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 19:  Rashad Greene #80 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Get
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

 

Help Needed

With its fortunate placing in the initial standings, it seems as if all FSU has to do is continue with its dominating wins. If the Seminoles can beat Miami in two weeks, that'll be another Top 10 win to add to their resume, further pushing them from the pack. 

To maintain FSU's strength of schedule, the Seminoles need Maryland, Pitt and Clemson to continue to do well, as well as Miami to stay in the Top 10 until their November 2 showdown. Florida looked to be another Top 25 opponent for Florida State, but the Gators seem to be in a free fall. 

Remaining Schedule
10/26NC State
11/2Miiami
11/9at Wake Forest
11/16Syracuse
11/23Idaho
11/30at Florida
Seminoles.com

 

The Big Picture

FSU has lucked out this year in a part that hurt it during last year's potential championship run: the strength of schedule. The 'Noles currently have the 10th-toughest schedule in the nation, with a Top 25 win against Maryland, a Top Five win against Clemson and a Top 10 matchup with Miami looming.

Florida figures not to be ranked when Florida State heads to Gainesville, so the next ranked matchup for FSU could come in the ACC Championship against Miami again or Virginia Tech. That conference championship could be another chance for FSU to sway voters/maintain its position as the No. 2 team. 

 

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 All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted. 

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