14 STRAIGHT SEASON-OPENING VICTORIES
The Seminoles have won 14 consecutive season-openers, dating back to a 30- 26 loss to Brett Farve and Southern Miss in 1989. Bobby Bowden is 26-2 in season-openers since taking over as head coach in 1976. FSU has opened the season with an ACC opponent six times in the last 12 years, including last year's 37-0 win at UNC. The Seminoles are 11-1 in their ACC openers, with the only loss to NC State in 1998. In the previous 12 ACC openers, FSU has averaged 42.0 ppg while giving up 16.4 ppg.
FSU VS. MIAMI IN SEASON-OPENERS
Monday's contest at Miami will mark the fifth time in FSU football history that the Seminoles have opened up a season vs. UM and all have been in Miami. FSU is 2-2 in season-openers with the ‘Canes. The last time these two teams met in a season-opener was in 1988 when No. 1 FSU fell 31-0 to No. 8 Miami.
BOWDEN NAMES 2004 TEAM CAPTAINS
Bobby Bowden named the 2004 team captains on August 27th at the 53rd annual kickoff luncheon. Bowden hand-picks the leaders himself and then the team will vote on permanent captains at the conclusion of the season. FSU's 2004 captains are senior starters Ray Willis (offense), Jerome Carter (defense) and Xavier Beitia (special teams).
11 ACC TITLES
FSU finished with a 7-1 league mark in 2003 to win its 11th ACC title (nine outright and two co-championships) since joining the conference in 1992. Here's a look at how other teams have fared in their respective conferences: Conference Title leaders since 1992
MOST WINS SINCE 1990
Florida State has more victories than any Division I-A school since 1990 with a record of 147-27-1 during that span. Nebraska is second with 145 victories since 1990, followed by Florida and Miami (138) and Tennessee (136). Marshall has 152 victories over the last 14 years, but did not join Division IA until 1997.
XM RADIO TO BROADCAST ACC AND PAC-10 GAMES
XM Satellite Radio will broadcast live ACC and Pac-10 football across the country this fall. All six Florida State home games (UAB, Clemson, UNC, Virginia, Duke and Florida) will be available as well as road games against Miami, Maryland and NC State. Gene Deckerhoff and Peter Tom Willis will now be available coast-to-coast as the home radio network will be carried on XM. ACC games can be found on XM Radio channels 180, 181 and 182 this season. XM Radio is American's leading provider of satellite radio with over 2.1 million subscribers.
GETTING BACK TO 10 WINS
With a 10-3 record in 2003, Bobby Bowden brought his total of 10-win seasons to 18 in 28 years as head coach of the Seminoles. FSU had an NCAA record streak of 14, 10-win seasons from 1987-2000. Bowden also had 10-win seasons at Florida State in 1977, 1979 and 1980.
FSU IN ONE OF FOUR BCS BOWLS 14 OF THE LAST 17 YEARS
Florida State has been invited to one of the four major BCS bowls in 14 of the last 17 years. The Seminoles have been to six Sugar Bowls, five Orange Bowls and three Fiesta Bowls. Since its inception in 1998, no team in the country has been to be as many BCS bowls as FSU. The 2003 season marked the fifth in six years for the Seminoles. Miami is next with four BCS bowl appearances.
FLORIDA STATE AND DEGREED NFL PLAYERS
The NFL Players Association recentlycompiled data which indicates that nearly 50 percent of the league's rank-and-file now have college degrees. The universities which have produced the most "degreed" players among the current NFL population: Notre Dame (35 players),Penn State (24), Nebraska (23), Miami (19), Florida State (18),Illinois (18), Michigan (18), California (17), Colorado (17), Syracuse (17),Georgia (16), North Carolina (16), Boston College (15), Iowa (15) and Southern California (15).
FOUR-YEAR STARTERS FOR THE SEMINOLES
Kicker Xavier Beitia and quarterback Chris Rix are the only two four-year starters on this year's roster. Beitia has started in all 39 games in the last three years while Rix has made 34 starts.
RIX LOOKS TO UP OPENING DAY RECORD TO 4-0
Senior QB Chris Rix is 3-0 in season-openers with victories over Duke (55- 13; Sept. 1, 2001), Iowa State (38-31, Aug. 24, 2002) and North Carolina (37-0, Aug. 30, 2002). Rix and his predecessor, Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, are the only two FSU quarterbacks to win at least three season-openers. As the first four-year starter at quarterback in school history, Rix could become the first Seminole to go 4-0 in season-openers.
QUARTERBACK CHRIS RIX WILL…
…start his 14th consecutive game against Miami on Sept. 6. He started all 13
games in 2003 in leading the Seminoles to a 10-3 record.
…look to become only the third quarterback in school history to record 10, 300-yard games. Chris Weinke is FSU's all-time leader with 13, 300-yard games while Danny Kanell has 10 to his credit.
RIX NEARING 10,000 CAREER YARDS PASSING
QB Chris Rix enters 2004 with 7,525 career passing yards which ranks second behind only Chris Weinke on FSU's all-time passing list. Rix has averaged just over 2,508 yards over the past three years. At this pace, Rix would pass for over 10,000 yards during his career and would become the first quarterback in FSU history and only the second in ACC history to reach the milestone as Phillip Rivers of NC State threw for 13,484 career yards. Rix enters the season ranked 10th in passing yards in ACC history.
SEMINOLE CANDIDATES FOR NATIONAL AWARDS
Lou Groza Award • Nation's Top Place Kicker 2004 Candidate • Xavier Beitia Past FSU Winner • Sebastian Janikowski (1998, 99)
Maxwell Award • Nation's Outstanding College Football Player 2004 Candidates • Chris Rix, Craphonso Thorpe Past Seminole Winner • Charlie Ward (1993)
Lombardi Award • Outstanding College Lineman/Linebacker 2004 Candidate • Eric Moore Past Seminole Winners • Marvin Jones (1992), Jamal Reynolds (2000)
Bednarik Award • College Defensive Player of the Year 2004 Candidates • Eric Moore, A.J. Nicholson No Past Seminole Winners
Butkus Award • Nation's Top Linebacker 2004 Candidate • A.J. Nicholson Past Seminole Winners • Paul McGowan (1987), Marvin Jones (1992)
Johnny Unitas Award • Nation's Top Senior Quarterback 2004 Candidate • Chris Rix Past Seminole Winners • Casey Weldon (199), Charlie Ward (1993), Chris Weinke (2000)
Davey OBrien Award • Nation's Top Quarterback 2004 Candidate • Chris Rix Past Seminole Winners • Charlie Ward (1993), Chris Weinke (2000)
Outland Trophy • Nation's Outstanding Interior Lineman 2004 Candidates • Alex Barron, David Castillo, Ray Willis No Past Seminole Winners
Lombardi Award • Outstanding Collegiate Lineman/Linebacker 2004 Candidates • Alex Barron, Ray Willis Past Seminole Winners • Marvin Jones (1992), Jamal Reynolds (2000)
Bronko Nagurski Award • Best Defensive Player in College Football 2004 Candidate • Eric Moore No Past Seminole Winners
Rimington Award • Top Center in College Football 2004 Candidate • David Castillo No Past Seminole Winners