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Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 1-ranked teams

Tonight is Florida State's seventh meeting against a top-ranked opponent (and the second time FSU plays Oklahoma when the Sooners are ranked No. 1). The Seminoles are 1-5 in those games since 1986. Two of those losses were played in Miami. • This matchup is in Tallahassee, the second time a top-ranked team has visited Doak Campbell Stadium. Here's a look at the previous games against a No. 1:

Nov. 30, 1996, vs. Florida (W, 24-21)

The Seminoles were ranked No. 2 in this highly anticipated matchup. QB Danny Wuerffel and the Gators were lighting up defenses, so FSU decided to harass Wuerffel. UF coach Steve Spurrier was sure the Seminoles were hitting Wuerffel late, but the defensive strategy worked. FSU running back Warrick Dunn rushed for 185 yards in the win.

Nov. 1, 1986, at Miami (L, 41-23)

This was the year before FSU went on its run of 15 straight top-five seasons. Miami's Vinny Testaverde, Alonzo Highsmith, Michael Irvin, Jerome Brown, Winston Moss and Randy Shannon, to name a few, were too much for FSU. Testaverde went on to win the Heisman Trophy.

Jan. 4, 1999, vs. Tennessee (L, 23-16)

This was the first year of the BCS title game, which was played at the Fiesta Bowl. Tennessee was the lone undefeated team after Kansas State and UCLA lost in the regular season's final week. FSU was the best one-loss team left standing, but it couldn't handle Vols QB Tee Martin and receiver Peerless Price, who had 199 receiving yards.

Jan. 3, 2001, vs. Oklahoma (L, 13-2)

QB Chris Weinke and the Seminoles were shut down by a stifling Oklahoma defense in this BCS title game at the Orange Bowl. The Sooners finished 13-0 and won their first national title since 1985. Weinke threw for 274 yards but was picked off twice.

Oct. 12, 2002, at Miami (L, 28-27)

After losing to Miami three previous times by missing field goals wide right, FSU lost when Xavier Beitia's 43-yard attempt went wide left. The loss kept Miami at No. 1 and extended its winning streak to 28 games. FSU's bright spot was running back Greg Jones, who rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown.

Nov. 28, 2009, at Florida (L, 37-10)

It was Florida QB Tim Tebow's senior year, and the undermanned Seminoles had no chance. FSU freshman QB EJ Manuel was pressed into action due to an injury to Christian Ponder. The Gators went 12-0 before losing to Alabama in the SEC title game. FSU went on to defeat West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, coach Bobby Bowden's last game.

Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 1-ranked teams 09/16/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:24pm]
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