Florida State Football: From Dynasty to Mediocrity

Chad ChessinContributor IJanuary 16, 2008

The Florida State Seminoles have been among the elite college football dynasties in the recent era. Their 89% winning percentage led all teams in the 1990's. The Seminoles won the National Championship over Nebraska in 1993 (18-16), made the first BCS National Championship in 1998, in a loss to Tennessee (23-16), and won the BCS National Championship over Virginia Tech in 1999 (46-29). From 1998-2000, FSU appeared in all three championship games.

So what happened? Over the past two seasons, the 'Noles have gone 14-12, with a record of 7-9 in the ACC, probably the weakest or second-weakest conference in the FBS. The problem has been and remains the offense. The 'Noles always are among the top-five recruiting classes in the nation, so the talent is there. Unfortunately, the system is still plagued by Jeff Bowden Syndrome-conservative, repetitive, obvious offense. Jeff Bowden "resigned" last year, and the 'Noles went out and got LSU O-Coordinator Jimbo Fisher, heir to 79-year-old Bobby Bowden's throne.

Another serious issue is the forementioned Bobby Bowden. The all-time win leader among coaches is definitely getting up there at age. Granted, the man is among the greatest coaches of all-time, but he plays traditional, hardnosed football, which will not work against current teams. It is time to get in with the new and give the head coaching position to Jimbo Fisher, who made a serious commitment to FSU when he pulled his name out of the hat for the coaching job at West Virginia.

The only way FSU can get back to their winning ways is if they completely change their offensive scheme. Why not throw the ball to 6'6" receiver Greg Carr instead of running on third down. When the 'Noles realize something has to change, they will take a step towards getting back to their winning ways.