What does this bowl game mean for Florida State?
Posted by Jon Loesche
I hold the view that every bowl game outside of the National Championship is meaningless, at least for the fans. What do fans get out of this deal? Spend a few hundred bucks on tickets, hotels, and food just to watch their team maybe win some bowl. I keep telling people, we don’t need an act of Congress to get rid of the BCS. Quit paying $150 a ticket to a meaningless game and you’ll get a playoff by next season. Just because the bowl is named “Sugar” or “Rose” instead of PapaJohns.com doesn’t mean they’re still ultimately the same thing. A nice distraction. *End rant*
At least players get extra days of practice, some nice bowl swag, and seniors who won’t be going to the NFL get one last chance to throw on a uniform. And more importantly, it is a chance to leave a good final impression heading into 2011.
That last part is the main thing FSU will be playing for on New Year’s Eve. As CC mentioned in his random notes post, the difference between 9-5 and 10-4 can be all the difference as to how FSU’s season is perceived outside of Tallahassee.
Now listen, anyone with a rational brain should see that FSU has had a successful year under Fisher. Any season where the Noles beat UF and Miami by a combined 52 points is a good year. However, as we’re so often reminded, the talking heads on ESPN like to rely more on “their gut” and box scores rather than doing any kind of fact checking.
A win for FSU gives them their first 10 win season since 2003, a likely Top 20 finish, and some good buzz heading into next year. Despite the loss of Christian Ponder, every other major contributor will be back next year. With some extra Kool-Aid passed around, FSU could find themselves in the preseason Top 10 for the first time in several years.
A loss means FSU will have it’s 5th season with 5 or more losses in 6 years. The Noles will once again finished unranked and the perception will be that FSU had a good year under Fisher, but could’ve done better.
One game does not make a season (See Oklahoma and Miami), but it will be the last time we see Florida State until September 17th, 2011 vs Oklahoma (don’t try to tell me two warm ups vs FCS fodder count.) Better to make a good impression than a bad one.