Listen Now! Seminoles reporter breaks down FSU heading into opener with Notre Dame

Tim Walters
Tallahassee Democrat

As I’m sure most Florida State fans know, from 1977 to 2017, the Seminoles didn’t have a losing season.

As most Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes fans surely know, the Seminoles have had losing seasons for the past three consecutive years.

Not since the late Bobby Bowden took over the school in 1976 had Tallahassee known what it was like to be under .500. It was the only losing season he’d experience, and it was 5-6, so it wasn’t that bad.

For eight seasons beyond the Bowden era, FSU continued its winning ways, including a national title in 2013.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 17: Head Coach Mike Norvell of the Florida State Seminoles leads his team on the field before the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on October 17, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State upset #5 ranked North Carolina 31 to 28.

However, over the past three years some of the luster has faded.

The Seminoles haven't experienced three consecutive losing seasons since they had four in a row from 1973 to 1976.

However, with a highly-touted recruiting class and head coach Mike Norvell entering his second season with the luxury of having an offseason — something he didn’t have before his first season in 2020 — things should be looking up for the Seminoles.

Yet, with questions at many positions, including quarterback, the team may still be a bit away from returning to its glory days.

So, what is reasonable expectation for FSU? And what should we expect in an exciting Week 1 opener against Notre Dame?

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Tallahassee Democrat Seminoles reporter Curt Weiler answers those questions and more as the latest guest on “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast.”

Curt has been covering FSU since 2015, joining the Democrat in January 2018.

He’s at practice every day watching as the Seminoles prepare for the 2021 season, so he knows what’s going on there better than anyone else.

Along with discussing the team’s position battles, strengths and weakness, he breaks down some of this year’s biggest games.

Aside from Notre Dame, the Seminoles will have tough tests against Clemson, Miami, Florida and North Carolina.

The Seminoles certainly have their work cut out for them if they hope to get above that .500 mark.

Curt also discusses the late Bobby Bowden and how we may see the school memorialize him this year, among other topics.

So give us a listen. We can be downloaded wherever you listen to podcasts, or simply type in “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast” into your favorite search engine and you’ll find several options to listen on, including Spotify. We also can be found on any of the 17 USA TODAY-Network Florida websites.

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Give the podcast a try. It’s as easy as hitting the play button.

If you like it, you can check out previous shows, which feature current and former professional athletes and coaches, as well as our stable of journalists who cover beats and write columns.

Walters can be reached at twalters@gannett.com