The losses to Alabama, NC State and Miami may drove home how far Florida State has fallen since opening the year at No. 3 in the nation -- but it didn't stop Saturday from proving any less eye-opening.
Granted, a 31-28 home loss to unranked Louisville simply adds to the dismal season that has unfolded for the Seminoles. But while they falling to Lamar Jackson and Co. on field goal with five seconds to play Saturday, an upset in Charlottesville has set the stage for the potential end of Florida State's 35-year bowl streak.
Boston College knocking off Virginia 41-10 gave the ACC Atlantic a whopping six teams that are within one or two wins of bowl eligibility ... and the Seminoles aren't one of them.
With the way the Eagles are playing, with now back-to-back wins over the Cavaliers and Louisville -- two victories in which they've racked up over 500 yards and 40-plus points -- there's a real possibility Florida State could fall next Friday night in Chestnut Hill.
With Syracuse -- which of course scored the biggest upset of the season in knocking off then-No. 2 Clemson -- the now seventh-ranked Tigers, and Florida to play (along with FCS opponent Delaware State) the Seminoles could be shut out of a bowl game.
There's still a chance that the Seminoles could make up the UL-Monroe game that was canceled Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma. It has been reported the game may be played during the weekend of the ACC Championship Game, a play Florida State may have to run if it only gets five wins in the games remaining on the schedule.
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Florida State could avoid it, given Syracuse is in Tallahassee, they should have no problem with Delaware State and Florida has been't a world-beater itself, losing consecutive games and three on the year.
But if the Seminoles can't get past surging Boston College, it may need to dial up UL-Monroe for that last chance at getting to the postseason.
That's a scenario that would likely be difficult for Seminoles fans to stomach: a team that had College Football Playoff aspirations back in August needing an assist from a Sun Belt team just to make a bowl?
If we're judging a division by the amount of teams it puts into bowls, the Atlantic Division is making a serious case as the nation's best with NC State and Clemson at 6-1, Louisville a win from clinching at 5-3 and Syracuse (4-3), Boston College (4-4) and Wake Forest (4-2) all within striking distance.
That depth is simply adding to what was set up to be a forgettable season for Florida State the second Deondre Francois went down in the opener vs. Alabama.