Tallahassee, FL - Florida State could end a major streak on January 6th. The SEC has won seven straight National Championships. FSU was the last team from the ACC to win a National Title in 1999.
But, this year, the Seminoles are the number one team in the country. And, perhaps, tackling a new era in college football.
"We build our team not based off an SEC team - if it's like some of them, that's great," FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said. "But we build one, what we think, will win us a championship."
Fisher comes from the SEC coaching tree. He's had stints at Auburn and LSU. And while that kind of background may benefit in Pasadena, the Seminoles, frankly, don't care what conference Auburn comes from.
"We are Florida State. We're not worried about the SEC or none of that," said Telvin Smith, a senior linebacker.
"All the talk has been about the SEC," said Terrence Brooks, a senior defensive back. "This our chance to go in there and show them that the ACC or any team at that can compete with these boys."
And while making it to the promised land is one thing, winning it could make the SEC talk go away.
"We just gotta go out and play and to the last minute. Until the clock says 0:00," Smith said.
Which means it could be time to make way for a new conference.