TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Although Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher built his team to win it all this year, he doesn't think it's a now-or-never situation.
Florida State still has a lot it can accomplish and can finish the season on high note despite being upset Saturday at North Carolina State. Even a national championship, though a longshot right now, isn't totally out of the question.
Still, some fans are skeptical after the fifth loss to a double-digit underdog in Fisher's 2 ½-seasons as head coach.
Fisher loses many top skill players and defenders after the season, along with the most successful placekicker in school history.
"I don't think it's this year or bust at all," Fisher said in a preseason interview. "I think we'll be good for a time to come."
But for many, the time was supposed to have been now — especially with a favorable schedule that had only three games outside the state.
The 12th-ranked Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hope to restart their winning ways Saturday when struggling Boston College (1-4, 0-2) visits in search of its first win of the year over a Football Bowl Subdivision team. The Eagles may find themselves a proverbial hornet's nest against the jilted Seminoles, who are desperate for redemption after last week's dismal second half that resulted in a 17-16 loss at North Carolina State in its first out-of-state test.
"I can't get into my opponents psyche" Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said. "That's Jimbo's job to worry about the psyche of his football team.
"The best way we approach it," Spaziani added, "is get our guys to be play at the highest level that they possibly can and expect the other team to play at their highest level and go from there."
Florida State is a four-touchdown favorite to win for the third straight time in the series.
But while the Seminoles still have much to play for, many fans are already thinking about what's next, with the likes of at least 10 members of the current roster on NFL teams in 2013.