Florida State’s NCAA Record 36-Year Bowl Streak Ended After A Loss To Florida

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It’s been a very, very bad year for Florida State football. The Seminoles made waves when they hired head coach Willie Taggart away from the University of Oregon, and even though it was obvious that the team wasn’t where it needed to be to keep up with Clemson in the ACC Atlantic, the hope was that Florida State could still #DoSomething and keep its NCAA record bowl streak alive.

This year, however, ended up being a disaster for the ‘Noles, which entered Saturday sitting at 5-6 on the year. Florida State was 74th nationally in S&P+ and 106th in offensive S&P+, needing a win against rival Florida to make a bowl for the 36th year in a row.

Instead, the Gators walked into Tallahassee and brought the hammer down on the Seminoles, picking up a 41-14 victory and leading to this very sad looking tweet getting posted.

Normally this wouldn’t be a huge deal — Florida is a good team, Florida State is not, and the good team beat the bad team by a lot. But with the loss, the Seminoles fell to 5-7 on the year, marking the first time since 1981 that Florida State won’t be bowl elligible. Some college football fans will remember that this bowl streak technically should have been snapped last year, but now, it’s officially over.

The Seminoles actually set the record last year, when it snapped the tie for the most consecutive bowl appearances it had with Nebraska. The Cornhuskers made a bowl for 35 years in a row, from 1969 to 2003. Now, the top mark in college football belongs to Virginia Tech, which has gone 25 years in a row making it to a bowl game.