Taggart: Bowl streak is "important to us"

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 12, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- January 1, 1980. Kramer vs. Kramer with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is the talk of Hollywood, Rupert Holmes' yacht rock classic about pina coladas and getting caught in the rain is atop the Billboard charts and Florida State is facing off against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

That game marked the first of what is now 36-straight trips to a bowl game for the Seminoles. However, for the second consecutive season, that streak is in serious doubt.

Willie Taggart's squad is now in a win-or-stay home situation, needing to beat Boston College and Florida in the final two weeks of the season to keep the longest active bowl streak in the sport alive.

It's something that Taggart says his team doesn't take lightly.

"It's important to us. It's important to our players, it's important to our fan base, it's important to the teams that came before us that we keep it going," he said on Monday. "We talked about it as a team and our guys understand what's at stake."

"It's important for our seniors to leave here and not be that senior class that didn't go to a bowl game," Taggart continued.

The Seminoles are not only in danger of not going to a bowl for the first time in 36 years, but also are in danger of not clinching a winning-season for the first time in 42 years.

Both the Eagles and Gators enter this coming week ranked in the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll. The College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled on Tuesday.

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