Notre Dame and Florida State don’t exactly have parallel histories on the football field. The Fighting Irish won five national titles before Florida State even began admitting males to the university in 1947. But over the past quarter-century, the Irish and Seminoles have often shared the big stage, never more so than the famous No. 1 vs. No. 2 game that the Irish won at Notre Dame Stadium in 1993.
Following some lean years in the 2000s, both programs appear to have found their footing again. They are the only two non-SEC teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game over the past three years with the Seminoles defeating Auburn in January to win their third national championship.
The teams haven’t met in the regular season in more than a decade, but will now play at least once every three years as part of Notre Dame’s ACC scheduling alliance. A near lock to be the preseason No. 1 team, Florida State may have the most talented roster in the country led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston.
The Seminoles hit the practice field for the first time this spring on Wednesday, leading up to their spring game April 12 in Doak Campbell Stadium. Let’s take a look at the defending national champions.
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