TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State football has been named one of the best college football programs over the last 150 years.
ESPN revealed the top 50 college football programs of all-time Thursday, where Florida State is ranked 19th.
"Florida State didn't start accepting men until all those GIs came home from World War II. Florida refused to play the Seminoles until the legislature forced the rivalry down the Gators' gullet. And once Bobby Bowden arrived as head coach in Tallahassee in 1976, we learned why. Under Bowden, Florida State finished in the top five for 14 consecutive seasons, winning two national championships and playing for three others. Jimbo Fisher picked up where Bowden left off. The Noles have the good fortune to be a public university in a talent-rich state. But no one took advantage of that talent quite like Bowden."
Florida State opens the 2019 season August 31 against Boise State in Jacksonville.