A Look Back: Florida State Football in 1999

The last time the Seminoles were national champions was in 1999 when Florida State beat No. 2 Virginia Tech, 46-29. This was the year that FSU faced four ranked teams under head coach Bobby Bowden, two of them being in the top 10. It was quarterback Chris Weinke who helped lead the Seminoles to a victorious season.

In 1999, Weinke was a junior. He had 3,103 total passing yards, 25 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions. Today’s QB Jameis Winston has been compared to Weinke many times and it’s scary how alike they really are. Through eight games, the redshirt freshman has one touchdown less than Weinke.

The 1999 championship team averaged 37.5 points per game and the 2013 team is averaging an even bigger number—51.1. If the Seminoles can keep that up, they could be the best offensive team in FSU history.

When looking at the ’99 defense, it’s easy to compare them to the defense today. Back then they allowed 15.8 points per game and had 22 interceptions. In 2013, the Noles had 12 interceptions.

In 1999 the Seminoles also had some famous newcomers like Anquan Boldin, Cornelius Collier, Rufus Brown, Darnell Dockett, and Alonzo Jackson.

There are many similarities between the Seminoles of 1999 and today. But one thing that the Seminole Nation hopes to keep the same is bringing home the  National Title.