The third FSU football team to win a national title is among the best in the history of the sport – and they would have taken out all in their path.
When the final gun sounded and the clock hit triple zeros inside the famed Rose Bowl stadium on the sixth day of January 2014, the FSU football team had not only won the third national title in program history but also had cemented their place in the conversation as one of the best teams to ever play the sport of college football.
The sheer dominance with which the Seminoles won that third crown – literally blowing out the competition to the point where starters weren’t even playing the second half because the game was decided – put the Noles up on the list with teams who are generally considered the greatest in the sport’s history.
Recently, ESPN.com posted a ranking of the best champions during the BCS and College Football Playoff era – and while the 1999 FSU football team came in at No. 10, it was the 2013 Seminoles being ranked No. 4 that had some people shaking their heads.
Ahead of those Noles were the 2001 Miami Hurricanes, 2008 Florida Gators and the 2005 Texas Longhorns. Here’s a look at why that FSU football team was the best and why they would have come out on top against those three foes.