PINEHURST, N.C. -- Jimbo Fisher’s second season at Florida State is expected to end where his first one did -- in Charlotte for the ACC championship game.
Only this year, the Seminoles are supposed to win it.
High expectations have become commonplace at Florida State, which has won or shared 12 ACC titles under Bobby Bowden in the two decades since joining the conference. That hasn’t changed since Bowden retired, and the school dropped the “coach-in-waiting” tag from Fisher’s title and gave him control of the program.
“We embrace it. That’s why I want to be the coach at Florida State, and that’s why players come to Florida State ... to win championships,” Fisher said Monday during the ACC’s preseason media day. “We have to understand that expectations don’t win games.
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“We have to prepare. We have to be very detail-oriented, create great habits because the habits you create become you, and when pressure comes, your habits come straight to the surface. So from that standpoint, we’re learning to look forward and build our new history.”
In voting results announced Monday, Florida State and Virginia Tech were the preseason picks to meet in the ACC title game, with the Seminoles favored to win their first league title since 2005.
“I’d vote for them too,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said.
It’s the third straight year Florida State and the Hokies were picked to win their divisions, following a vote of 71 media members in attendance. The Seminoles -- who were selected first overall on 50 ballots, with 18 votes going to the Hokies -- return 17 starters from last year’s team.
That group beat rival Florida, used a late three-game winning streak to claim a spot in the ACC title game and closed out a 10-4 season by beating South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
“Having 10 wins is pretty good,” quarterback E.J. Manuel said. “Having one or two or three plays that caused us to have (only) 10 wins -- we could have had 13.”