The Florida State Seminoles already had the longest bowl streak in NCAA history and on Wednesday they also extended the consecutive-winning-season streak to 41 years with a 42-13 win over Southern Miss in Shreveport.
The Golden Eagles are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games overall, are 4-1 against the number in their last five non-conference games, and have covered the spread in four of their last five games coming off a win.
Florida State is a 16 1/2-point favorite to improve to 7-6 when the two teams kick it off at 12:30 p.m.at Independence Stadium. But it lost to Tennessee - which went winless in SEC play - and fell to two C-USA teams in UAB and North Texas, who lost their bowl games by a combined 91-37. "We might have lost a couple of conference games, but I really feel like we have the talent to play against anybody".
Strong D without top players - With some of Florida State's top defensive talent sitting out of the bowl game from all levels of the defense, it'll be up to the remaining players to shore up the holes - and act as leaders for the team. Rising star quarterback Deondre Francois went out for the season with a knee injury in the season opener, coach Jimbo Fisher has left the team to become Texas A&M's new (and highly paid) head coach, and the team had to contend with a weird bowl-eligibility scandal in December when a report emerged that one of their wins should not have counted due to NCAA guidelines.
"He loves Florida State to death", Nnadi said of Haggins.
Former national title-winning head coach Jimbo Fisher won't be roaming the sidelines in the season-opener for the first time in recent memory, instead former OR coach Willie Taggart will do so.
"Coach Haggins is Garnet and Gold through-and-through", Taggart said in his statement. This marks FSU's 36th straight appearance I in a bowl season.
► Fisher departed the day before the Seminoles' final regular-season game.
According to Warchant.com columnist Corey Clark, the fan won a contest that allowed him to get on the field during the game, where he showed off his moves.
Haggins was a standout defensive tackle at FSU from 1986-89 and after a four-year National Football League career, he became a tight ends coach at FSU in 1994. "They weren't going to be home for Christmas anyway, so let's just enjoy and have a good time and prepare to win a football game".
Taggart said in a statement on Tuesday that Haggins will continue as the defensive line coach and also will be the associate head coach.
Southern Miss had a nice season, winning eight games.
For the Seminoles, they want to end things with a win to carry some momentum into the offseason.