The 1993 Florida State Seminoles football team was the national champion of the 1993 college football season. The team finished with a 12�1 record.
FSU beat its first five opponents by an average score of 46�3, during which linebacker Derrick Brooks outscored all five opponents combined. The Seminoles’ first real contest didn’t come until October 9, when the third ranked Miami Hurricanes came to Tallahassee with a 31 game regular season win streak. That game was sealed when FSU safety Devin Bush picked off a Frank Costa pass and ran it back 40 yards for a Florida State touchdown, making the score 28�10 with 4:59 to play.
On November 13, 1993, Florida State played Notre Dame in a matchup of unbeaten teams. FSU was ranked #1 and Notre Dame was ranked #2. With the Bowl Coalition in place the winner of this game, at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, seemed certain to play #3 Nebraska (which would then move up to #2) in the 1994 Orange Bowl for the National Championship.
In a matchup hailed as the “Game of the Century”, the Seminoles bid for a perfect season fell short as Notre Dame prevailed, 31�24. As luck would have it, #1 Notre Dame lost the following week to #17 Boston College 41�39 on a last second field goal, putting the Seminoles back in the Orange Bowl. It should be noted however, that in the tough loss to Notre Dame FSU played without their star Linebacker Troy Spicer.