Last year, Florida State seemed hardly tested on its way to a BCS National Championship under freshman phenom Jameis Winston.
This year though, it seems like the Seminoles are being given a crucial examination every single game. And time after time, they somehow emerge unscathed, still undefeated, still expected to earn a spot in the college football playoff.
Florida State scurried through a hectic fourth quarter and emerged with a 20-17 win over Boston College. Yes, the same Eagles team that is now 6-5 on the season.
All would not seem to be well in Tallahassee. Then again, it has been one of the most tumultuous seasons in recent record, with near constant questions surrounding the behavior of Winston and the terrible shootings that occurred on campus this week.
And while many have criticized Florida State for looking oddly human in its stretch of too-close-for-comfort victories, one man has remained undeterred.
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'Get it done'
Head coach Jimbo Fisher described the win in the same "Nobody Believes In Us" tone he has used all season. He is, to say it in a single word, frustrated with what he perceives to be a negative attack from the media on a weekly basis.
"Let me ask you this: How about the way everybody else hasn't finished?" Fisher told ESPN.com. "Our team has never not finished."
The Seminoles haven't lost in more than two years, as the coach notes. Yes, they have faced one of the easiest schedules during that span. But it's hard to discount a 27-game win streak dating back to November of 2012.
While trouncing their way to a championship, Florida State played exactly one single-possession game: The title match-up against No. 2 Auburn, which the Seminoles won 34-31. The most competitive game other than that was a 48-34 victory over Boston College in 2013.
The Seminoles have seen a much harder road in 2014, with five wins by a single-possession. They have looked extremely vulnerable, and yet, somehow they always eke out a win in the final two quarters.
Difficult end to season
There are still two teams left for the Seminoles, and either one could put an end to their repeat hopes.
The Florida Gators haven't been fantastic year, but they are a respectable 6-4 and beat a quality Georgia squad 38-20 on Nov. 1. Meanwhile, No. 18 Georgia Tech (9-2, 6-2 ACC) awaits the Seminoles in the conference championship on Dec. 6.