|COURTESY FLORIDA A&M ATHLETICS|
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- What many people outside of the campus on the other side of Gaines Street from FSU and college football nuts seem to forget is that the Rattlers were the first ever champions of the 1-AA level, defeating UMass for the title in 1978. While the current team is trying to rebuild, it could be argued that they were the best 1-AA program in the mid-1990’s and early-2000’s.
This week, FSU football head coach Jimbo Fisher made it known that he supports the idea of power programs like the Seminoles playing schools at the lower level. Fisher used the classic argument that games like that, while usually not competitive, help the little schools out financially in ways other options couldn’t.
If that’s the case, why not schedule a Capital City showdown between the ‘Noles and the Rattlers?
In 2012, the Seminoles made history by playing a historically black colleges and university team for the first time every, when they shutout Savannah State in a game that was mercifully called due to weather for the visitors. The next year, FSU would play Bethune-Cookman for the first time ever and just the second time against a HBCU opponent.