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The Daily Nole Poll: Football Will Bring FSU’s Next National Champion

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In our second installment of The Daily Nole Poll this week, we asked a question that spanned multiple Florida State sports. The question was simply which FSU athletic program would bring the school its next national champion.

The winner was FSU’s most prominent sport, although two others are currently in the midst of their seasons and one is in a field recently narrowed to 16 teams. Maybe it’s not a surprise, but football topped the poll at 43 percent.

Of all active programs for Florida State, football is the one with the most national championships with three. The Seminoles claimed titles in 1993, 1999 and 2013. After five straight 10-win seasons, FSU finished just 7-6 in 2017.

Coming in second at 26 percent was Florida State softball, which will begin the Tallahassee Super Regional on Friday. Softball has been arguably the school’s most productive program over the last five years, winning the ACC in each season and reaching the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament for a now sixth straight year.

Fresh off a second appearance in the national championship dual, FSU beach volleyball was a close third at 24 percent. The Seminoles fell to UCLA for the title, 3-1, earlier this month.

FSU baseball, which clinched a 41st straight season with at least 40 wins on Tuesday, is currently playing in the ACC Tournament and a candidate to earn a national seed. The Seminoles played in the College World Series last season, but received just 7 percent of the vote.

There were no write-in responses, which may come as a surprise, given the track records of women’s hoops and FSU soccer. Soccer is the last Florida State program to win a national championship. The Seminoles won their first soccer title in 2014.

We will have another poll for you next week.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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