TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State won the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange Bowl and had 12 victories for just the third time in school history.
Still, there is a void on the resume.
The last two times the Seminoles won 12 games the seasons culminated with national titles. Everything seemed to be lined up for the 13th-ranked Seminoles (12-2) to make a run at another championship with a talent-laden, veteran roster, experienced quarterback and a favorable schedule.
But they were derailed by a 17-16 loss at North Carolina State, blowing a 16-point lead against double-digit underdog Wolfpack. Florida State also lost to archrival Florida in its regular season finale.
Nonetheless, coach Jimbo Fisher points out 2012 was Florida State's best season since 2000 when it lost to Oklahoma in the national championship game.
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