There is way too much football to be played to start discussing where the 2013 Florida State football team could fall in the pantheon of great FSU teams. Those are mostly subjective arguments that are hard to really know until a few years have passed and you can fully grasp the greatness that was on a particular team. However, statistically, there is no arguing where this team is. It is firmly within the most dominant teams that Florida State has ever fielded.
This isn’t an exact exercise either because it is nearly impossible to compare statistics of teams that faced different opponents, plus played in different eras. Just to give a quick example of the different era point – the 1964 National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide (that lost their bowl game) had amazingly similar stats to the 1964 FSU team, showing how great that team was statisically. In my opinion, the five most statistically dominant teams (in context) of FSU history are the ’64, ’80, ’87, 93, and ’00 teams. There are certain teams that have been more dominant in a particular area, the 1995 offense or the 1998 defense for example. Overall, however, it’s hard to find any other seasons that compare overall for all-around dominance, with 1988 and 2012 getting honorable mention.
So, how does this team stack up statistically to the Seminoles best? Pretty well, if not better. Granted, the 2013 edition of the Noles still have several games that could alter these stats a good bit, but as of now this team is #1 in point scored differential, #3 in total offense differential, and #1 in yards per play differential in FSU history.