1. Ole Miss
The Rebels and Seminoles have only played one time, in 1961, when Florida State was a fledgeling program and Ole Miss was the No. 2 team in the country. Florida State was dismantled 33-0, and there was absolutely nothing that went right that day.
2. Charleston Southern
The two teams have also played only once with the Seminoles administering a 62-10 beatdown. The big play of the game was a 69-yard touchdown pass from Clint Trickett to Rashad Greene with the game well in hand.
Florida State and Louisville have played 16 times with the Seminoles holding a 14-2 record against the Cardinals, but they have only played 4 times since the turn of the century. With Louisville in the ACC Atlantic the two now play every year. The best play of the series comes from the 2014 game where Jameis Winston found just enough space to sneak a ball through to Ermon Lane. Lane did the rest, and completed the 47-yard touchdown.
Florida State holds a 2-1 record against the Bulls. The best play of this series came in 2015 with Dalvin Cook racing 74 yards to open up the scoring. Cook broke three tackles and then out ran the Bulls defense on the way to the end zone.
5. North Carolina
Florida State holds a 15-2-1 record against the Tar Heels. One of the most memorable moments in Florida State history came in this series in 2003 when Greg Jones obliterated All-American safety Dexter Reid. The run was only 21 yards, and Jones did not score, but the hit has gone down as one of the best hits ever by a Seminole. If not for an offensive lineman Reid may still not have landed yet.
Miami currently holds a 31-29 record against the Seminoles, and there have been many great, and heartbreaking, moments from this series. There have been so many great moments in this series that it is hard to choose just one. The Devin Bush interception return in 1993, the Stanford Samuels Jr. hit against Roscoe Parrish, the Miami Muff, Nigel Bradham's hit and subsequent ejection. How do you choose just one of those. I actually chose none of them. I went with the 1989 Kirk Carruthers' fumble recovery on the one-yard line. With the Seminoles leading 14-10 Gino Torretta led the Canes to the 1-yard line with a chance to take the lead. Miami Full back Shannon Crowell attempted to jump over the pile on third down. He fumbled the ball, and Carruthers was able to recover. Florida State went on to beat the Hurricanes 24-10 and ended a 4 game losing skid. It was the first time they had beaten Miami in Tallahassee in over a decade.
7. Wake Forest
Florida State holds a 27-6-1 record against Wake Forest. The Seminoles had a down spell against the Demon Deacons from 2006-2008, but Florida State got back on track in 2009. That's were our play of the series comes from with Greg Reid taking a punt 68 yards for a touchdown.
Florida State holds a 20-9 record against the Tigers, and there have been many great moments in this series. The Puntrooski in 1988, Chris Weinke's 99-yard touchdown pass to Snoop Minnis in 2000, Dustin Hopkins 55-yard game winning field goal against Clemson in 2010, James Wilder Jr.'s run in 2012, pretty much every play from 2013, Rashad Greene's touchdown catch in 2014, and Eddie Goldman's forced fumble in 2014 would all be acceptable answers. In the end I had to go with the Puntrooski. It is still considered one of the greatest fakes of all time, and Florida State needed it to secure victory against the Tigers.
9. NC State
Florida State holds a 24-11 advantage over the Wolfpack in this series. The 2003 game between these two teams was one of the best back and forth contests in Florida State history. Phillip Rivers completed 28/38 passes for 422 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. He also ran one in. It was the pass that he didn't complete that sealed the game for the Seminoles. In the second overtime NC State had a 4th and 1 from the 16 yard line. The Wolfpack elected to pass, and former walk-on Allen Augustin made a leaping deflection to end their possession. Florida State would score two plays later and win 50-44.
10. Boston College
Florida State holds a 9-4 advantage against against the Eagles. The best moment of this series came in 2013 when Jameis Winston avoided pressure to deliver a perfect 55-yard touchdown pass to put the Seminoles ahead 24-17 as time expired in the first half. Winston broke two tackles, and then took a massive hit right after the ball was released. Kenny Shaw came down with the reception, and fell into the end zone.
Florida State holds an 8-1 advantage over the Orange. There haven't been a lot of great moments between the two teams with most of the games ending in blowout victories. Kermit Whitfield's 74-yard touchdown run in 2013 definitely fits the bill. Whitfield took the toss heading towards the Syracuse bench before cutting back. He had one man to beat to make it to the end zone, and quarterback Jameis Winston sprinted 40 yards to make the block that sprung him free.
No. 12 Florida
Florida holds a 34-24-2 all-time record advantage over the Seminoles, but there have been many great moments in the this rivalry for the Seminoles. The first win in the series for Florida State in 1964, Ward to Dunn in 1993, the Choke at Doak in 1994, The 1996 game in Tallahassee, Peter Warrick's touchdown pass to Ron Dugans in 1998, and Rix to Sam in 2003 are all viable options here. Ward to Dunn in 1993 gets the nod for me. Florida State had to win this game in order to make the National Championship game, and they had to win in the Swamp to do it. Florida had cut the Seminole lead to 27-21 with six minutes left to go before Ward found Dunn coming across the middle. Tamarick Vanover threw a block that allowed Dunn to streak down the side line for a 79-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.