In a season characterized by monumental underachievement, the 2017 Florida State football team has just done something unparalleled in the history of the college game. And — you may need to sit down for this — it was positive.
By defeating the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon, the Seminoles improved their season record to 6-6. Now, a .500 winning percentage is hardly enough to turn many heads, but in FSU’s case, it has led to a feat that no other college football program has accomplished. Ever.
By getting to 6 wins, the ’Noles have reached bowl eligibility, which means that their streak of 35 bowls in a row will be extended to 36. 35 was tied for the most consecutive bowls ever, with a Nebraska streak well since expired. FSU will now have 36 all to itself, with a chance to add many more.
35 and 40. Those two numbers became the goals of this team when conference and national championships became unrealistic: the first applied to extending the bowl streak, the second to adding another W to lengthen a span of 40 consecutive winning seasons.
One down. One to go.