FSU coach Willie Taggart speaks to the media on Monday, Nov. 19.
Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State’s 36-year consecutive bowl streak stands one victory away from extending to 37.
The Seminoles (5-6, 3-5 ACC) have No. 13 Florida (8-3, 5-3 SEC) as the only obstacle in the way of getting there.
If FSU pulls off the home upset against the Gators at noon Saturday, its landing spot for a bowl game isn’t yet clear.
The ACC currently has nine teams that have secured at least six wins this season with FSU, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest still fighting for a chance to make the postseason.
Only North Carolina (2-8) and Louisville (2-9) have been eliminated.
Outside of No. 2 Clemson (11-0), there’s not a lot of separation in the middle of the ACC.
No. 12 Syracuse is the only other team with more than seven wins (8-3), but more teams can get there this weekend.
Six other teams have seven wins and none of them face each other in the final week of the regular season. The only seven-win team in the ACC that’s facing a team with seven or more wins this weekend is BC, which takes on Syracuse.
Because it’s so congested in the middle of the pack, FSU’s bowl game outlook is still murky.
Clemson – assuming it beats South Carolina and Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship Game – will go to the College Football Playoff, which means that Syracuse could go to a New Year’s Six Bowl Game as the ACC’s next highest ranked team barring a major shift in the rankings.
The only way that shift is likely to occur is if Pittsburgh beats Miami and then Clemson in its final two games and Syracuse loses to Boston College.
That would likely knock Clemson out of the College Football Playoff, which would create a ripple effect of knocking each team down a bowl selection.
After the playoff and New Year’s Six bowls are selected, the Camping World Bowl gets to pick a team from the ACC.
As long as an eight-win team from the ACC remains unselected, FSU – which cannot have more than six wins – isn’t eligible to be selected.
The ACC could have as many as six eight-win teams other than Clemson and Syracuse or as few as none depending on how the final weekend of the regular season shakes out.
After the Camping World Bowl selects, the Belk Bowl, the Music City Bowl or the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl, and the Sun Bowl will select in that order as the Tier I bowls that are affiliated with the ACC.
If five of the current seven-win teams finish with eight wins or more, FSU will not be eligible to be selected by a Tier I bowl or the Camping World Bowl.
The Tier II bowls are where FSU will fall if that happens.
The Military Bowl, Walk-Ons Independence Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Gasparilla Bowl or Heart of Dallas Bowl will select in that order following the Tier I bowls.
If the ACC has too many bowl teams after all of these bowls are selected, the ACC could place a team in the Birmingham Bowl, but that isn’t a likely destination for the Seminoles.
At this point, FSU could end up in the Camping World Bowl or in the Gasparilla Bowl or any bowl in between, which means it’s going to be a wild final weekend of college football for the ACC.
Of course, the Seminoles still have to beat UF for the sixth straight season to get there.
Florida State vs. No. 13 Florida
When: Saturday, noon
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium
TV/Radio: ABC/103.1 FM