FSU Has Best Tradition in 'SportsNation'

Michigan began playing football in 1879, boasts a stadium capacity of 109,921 and has 11 titles. But when it comes to tradition, the Wolverines proved to have nothing on Florida State.


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Riding Renegade, Chief Osceola plants his burning spear at midfield prior to every Florida State home game at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The results are in, and voters from across the country believe Florida State has the best tradition in college football.

In a poll put together by the ESPN daily afternoon show "SportsNation," co-hosted by Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle, FSU handily defeated Michigan by a tally of 33,506 to 18,040, winning in a landslide 65 percent to 35 percent. Chief Osceola riding Renegade and planting his flaming spear at midfield prior to kickoff for the Seminoles proved to be almost twice as popular as the Wolverines jumping up and each touching their "Go Blue" banner.

The contest had to be moved from ESPN to the Facebook page for "SportsNation," as the final round originally got more than 22 million votes and suggested that the voting process had been tampered with and led to "technical issues."


John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.


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