Last week, I wrote about how the Florida State football team is the only FBS program that can lay claim to an undefeated home record over the last three seasons. The longest previous mark for Florida State came between 1992 and 2001, when the 'Noles played 54 consecutive games in Doak Campbell Stadium without a single loss.
Of course, that includes a 1994 tie with the rival Florida Gators, a 31-31 deadlock typically referred to as "The Choke at Doak," since the final score resulted from a 28-point FSU comeback after Steve Spurrier's UF squad held a 31-3 fourth-quarter lead. Pretty much every 'Nole holds that up as a symbolic victory of sorts, given the dramatic comeback made by an energized Florida State defense and a resurgent offense led by quarterback Danny Kanell.
But regardless of how Seminole fans choose to remember that tie, it was not a win, and hence, those 54 games are an unbeaten home streak, and not a true winning streak. FSU's longest home winning streak came immediately thereafter, when the Seminoles proceeded to win 37 in a row at home between 1995 and 2001.
What followed was a veritable wasteland of home dominance for the 'Noles. Between the years of 2001 and 2012, FSU dropped at least one home game, annually. Hence the characterization of "The Lost Decade." But Florida State's newfound Doak supremacy was born of those struggles, following a 2012 home loss to Florida. Since then, the Seminoles' current home winning streak of 21 straight Ws is already the second-most in program history. But could it eclipse the school-high of 37?
Doing so would entail remaining undefeated at Doak for at least two more seasons. As opposed to the seven home wins Florida State has secured each year beginning in 2013, the 'Noles will play just six home contests in 2016, against Charleston Southern, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Boston College, and Florida. If FSU can successfully navigate that home slate, the streak would be 27.
After the Seminoles open 2017 in Atlanta against Alabama, they're scheduled to host ACC foes Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, and Miami. Two more games are yet to added to the schedule, but at least one of them (and probably both) will be in Tallahassee. Perfection there would bring the home streak to either 32 or 33.
The 2018 schedule features even more guaranteed home games: BC, Clemson, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech. The Gators will also come calling to wrap up the home schedule, though that will not figure in to breaking the streak, as three other games are still yet to be decided. And given the gravitas of the FSU program, most figure to take place in Doak.
So what do you think? Will the current home winning streak lengthen out to be the longest in Florida State history? Or will the 'Noles trip up sometime before then?