FSU won’t win ACC this year but do you realize how rare that is?

 

Florida State won’t be going to the ACC Championship game next month and that’s a real letdown for fans who have come to expect it. Take the long view on this thing, however, and recognize that nobody has dominated their conference in recent years like the Seminoles have.

Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU has won or shared the league title 15 times. In the early years the Seminoles won or shared nine ACC titles in a row. Check out the following chart of the other Power Five conferences during the same time frame.

 

League       Most titles won since ‘92       Most consecutive since ‘92

SEC                           Florida (7)                                    Florida (4) 1993-96

Big Ten                    Ohio State (10)                            Ohio State (5) 2005-09

Pac 12                       USC, Oregon (9)                          USC (7) 2002-08

Big 12                       Oklahoma (7)                               Nebraska (4) 1992-95

(Note: Numbers reflect conference titles won or shared)

 

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles talks to head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers before their game at Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles talks to head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers before their game at Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Fifteen ACC titles for FSU in 22 years isn’t just a lot. It’s a ridiculous level of domination, the kind that wasn’t supposed to be possible after Miami and Virginia Tech joined the league in 2004.

If that doesn’t ease the pain for Seminole followers, maybe this will. Jimbo Fisher has used a ton of young players this year, tying for third nationally with 28 true freshmen or redshirt freshmen seeing game action. What’s more, he’ll be a recruiting monster for years to come. That means No. 1 Clemson won’t be getting a hammerlock on the ACC, and neither will anybody else when it comes to competing with FSU.

Hey, no winning streak lasts forever. Under Bobby Bowden and Jimbo, the Seminoles have always gotten all they’ve got coming to them and a whole bunch of what everybody else wishes they had.

Oh, by the way, FSU still has a chance to claim the unofficial state championship by beating Florida on Nov. 28. That’s never a bad thing, no matter how the rest of the season and the rest of the nation are going.

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