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On My Mind Monday: When Was the Last ACC Regular Season Title for Each FSU Men’s Team?

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Florida State basketball did something it never had before on Saturday afternoon.

The Seminoles clinched the ACC regular season title on Senior Day with an 80-62 victory over Boston College. FSU will be the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament and face either Clemson or Miami on Thursday.

The unprecedented championship led us to wonder when the last regular season title for each men’s program was. For sports like cross country, track and field, golf and swimming and diving, there are no regular season championships. Those sports were omitted.

For football, we went with the last division title where the Seminoles had the best ACC record. Without further ado, here’s a look back at the last regular season conference title for each FSU men’s sport:

Baseball (2012)

Final Record: 50-17 (24-6 ACC)
Final Ranking: No. 4 Baseball America
Key Players: James Ramsey, OF; Brandon Leibrandt, P; Robert Benincasa, P
ACC Tournament: 0-3, lost to Georgia Tech, 5-4; lost to Clemson, 9-7; lost to Virginia, 7-0
Postseason: Lost to Arizona in College World Series
Overview: After losing just six ACC games during the regular season, Florida State went 0-3 at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. The Seminoles bounced back to go 5-0 during the Tallahassee Regional and Super Regional. FSU won two College World Series games, but opened and closed its stay in Omaha with losses to eventual national champion Arizona.

Basketball (2019-20)*

Final Record: 26-5 (16-4 ACC)*
Final Ranking: No. 4 AP
Key Players: Trent Forrest, G; Devin Vassell, G/F; M.J. Walker, G
ACC Tournament: TBD*
Postseason: TBD*
Overview: Florida State clinched its first regular season title on Saturday. FSU is three wins away from tying last season’s wins record and broke last season’s record for ACC wins. The last time that FSU had won a regular season title was as a member of the Metro Conference during the 1988-89 season under Pat Kennedy.

Football (2014)

Final Record: 13-1
Final Ranking: No. 5 AP
Key Players: Jameis Winston, QB; Rashad Greene, WR; Jalen Ramsey, S
ACC Championship: Beat Georgia Tech, 37-35
Postseason: Lost to Oregon in Rose Bowl, 59-20
Overview: Fresh off its first national championship in 14 years, Florida State played a lot of nail-biters, but won its first 13 games and a third straight ACC title. The Seminoles held off Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship in Charlotte, 37-35. Despite being the nation’s only defeated team, FSU was given the No. 3 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff and forced to travel to Pasadena. Against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, FSU trailed 25-20 early in the third quarter, but committed five second-half turnovers and the Ducks scored the game’s final 34 points. The loss ended a school-record 29-game winning streak.

Tennis (1995)

Final Record: 18-8 (7-1 ACC)
Final Ranking: No. 24 ITA
Key Players: Jason White; Murphy Payne; Antonio Prieto
ACC Tournament: Beat Virginia, 5-1; lost to Clemson, 4-2
Postseason: Lost to Virginia Commonwealth, 4-2
Overview: Florida State shared the 1995 ACC regular season title with Duke, but the Blue Devils won a 4-3 contest in Durham to win the tiebreaker and earn the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles lost to Clemson in the ACC Tournament semifinals before falling to Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Although it was a shared regular season title, it is the only one for the FSU program as a member of the ACC. Prior to that, FSU was the regular season champion of the Metro in 1983.

*Season in progress

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