Get To Know: Florida State

Most college football fans know about the national program of Florida State. BI contributor and photographer, Roy Burkhart, points out a few more things to know about the 10th ranked 'Noles.

The Noles are a long time NCAA powerhouse, who first fielded a team in 1947 and have risen to become a prominent NCAA power. FSU has posted an overall record of 512-238-17. To call them anything but an elite program, would be misstating facts.
 
(Seminole History)
In the programs existence, Florida State has only had 9 coaches and one of those coaches is the legendary Bobby Bowden who was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame. Bowden was the face of the Seminole program for 34 years, and amassed 304 wins during his time on the sidelines. He is credited with the rise to national prominence by the 'Noles. 
 
The first ever game was played in a stadium that only held 15,000 at the time. The next year they added 1,000 seats, another 600 the year after, and the expansion simply has continued. Capacity now at Doak Campbell Stadium is 82,300, and it's widely regarded as one of the best college gameday atmospheres in all the land.
 
FSU has an overall record of 26-15-2 in bowl games, have claimed 3 National Titles, 18 Conference titles, and 15 of those in the ACC. The Noles also boast 3 Heisman winners, 42 all Americans, and 4 players to go onto the NFL Hall of Fame. We'd run out of space if we had to list all of them, but the likes of Deion Sanders, Andre Wadsworth, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Peter Warrick, most recently Jameis Winston and Nick O'Leary, have all dawned the helmet with the spear. In great part to those listed, the Seminoles had one of the best decades in all of sports, losing no home games from 1992-2001.
 
(Location, info, Records)
Florida State University is located in Tallahassee, Florida. The school has a current enrollment of over 40,000 students, who support this program whole heartedly. The Seminoles mascots are known as Osceola & Renegade, and can be seen Riding out before home games and spiking a spear into the 50 yard line. Doak Cambell Stadium has served as home field to the Seminoles since the start of the 1950 season. The stadium capacity is currently the 16th largest in the NCAA.
 
 
(Rivals)
 
FSU lists 4 Rivals, the two most prominent being in state rivals Florida and Miami, aka the "U". During the 90's, diehard college football fans can remember the epic battles between the 'Canes and 'Noles, which also included the trilogy of nail biting games that ended up in missed FSU field goals, being dubbed "Wide Right III".
 
The rival list also includes Clemson, and Virginia. Common among these Rival games are what the Noles call “Sod Games”. Sod games are not restricted to Rivals however, a sod game is any game in which FSU travels for a game and they are the underdog or any title game or game against Florida. Other highly significant games can be designated as sod games as well. In these games, the captains of the team will take a piece of Sod from the field of the team they beat, and bring it back to the coach to be buried in the Sod Graveyard.

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