Florida State's Bobby Bowden is pushing 80. Last year's team lost more games than he once typically lost in four. Rabid fans forced the departure of his offensive coordinator, who happened to be his son. And the archrival Florida Gators won last season's national championship.
Still, none of this has dampened Bowden's optimism. Bowden says he plans to remain the head Seminole until he wins a third national championship or it becomes clear to him that will never happen.
He begins his 32nd season at Florida State with 366 career coaching wins, three more than Penn State's Joe Paterno, and with a new offensive staff headed by former LSU coordinator Jimbo Fisher, who will be responsible for calling plays.
Despite last season's 7-6 mark, the poorest since Bowden's first year at Florida State in 1976, the Seminoles are favored by the media to win the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division.