No. 1 Florida State is 60 minutes from accomplishing a feat that Bobby Bowden and the powerhouse Seminoles of the 1990s never could — putting together back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.
The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing with all of Florida State’s goals there for the taking.
“I think right now we’re at the point where it’s the big push, we’ve just got to stick to the process and stay consistent to what got us here,” FSU guard Josue Matias said. “We just can’t slack now.
“Sometimes you do think about it, but you’ve got to stay focused. You can’t lose. The main thing now is to not lose track to what we’re trying to do.”
Standing in the way Saturday is a rival Florida team with plenty of motivation. The Gators would like to send fired coach Will Muschamp out on a win and Florida was the last team to beat Florida State before it began its 27-game win streak.
“Yeah, it makes us want to end it,” Florida safety Keanu Neal said. “Every team that faces it wants to end that streak. But it’s another game, we’re just going to go out and play like they should.
“I mean, every team is beatable. No team is unbeatable.”
The Seminoles have faced heavy criticism in 2014 for not being as dominant as the 2013 title team and their late-game victories, but coach Jimbo Fisher has focused on the bottom line — wins. He understands the team is on the precipice of another school record, but won’t let players think about being a part of history.
“It’s funny, when you’re doing it, you don’t even think about it,” Fisher said. “That’s not the concern. The concern is the next game and how you prepare.
“We always talk about, hey, that was a goal we had, now we’ve got to take the next step. It’s like climbing a mountain. Got to keep that going one step at a time. … We don’t ever say undefeated. Ultimately (the goal) is National Championship. That’s always our goal here, and then we build them down, layer them down after that.”