2016 Florida-FSU statistical comparison chart

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It’s that time of year again.

With just one month to go until college football season, trash talking is at an all time high. Our team is better. Yeah, well, we beat you last year. Yeah well we own the all time series lead. OK but we own the head to head record. And so on, and so forth. (Most of it isn’t even that intelligible.) Of course, the most heated trash talking takes place between rivals. Like Florida and FSU. Cue the charts.

Trash talking is little more than finely crafted strings of words. Anyone can make a decent argument with even basic logic skills, and so the winner of a particular Florida-FSU battle on social media has more to do with which participant is better prepared and/or more clever. But numbers take all that out of the equation, and now that I’ve unearthed them, the arguments should be fairly easy for Gator fans. There is no manipulation of data here; what you see below are pure facts. FSU fans may denounce them if they choose, and in fact have some funny theories about some of the actual numbers. I’ve placed footnotes in the more controversial ones, which you can read at the bottom of the article.

So here we go. 2014 brought you this masterpiece, and 2015 brought you this one. Now, without further ado, let’s unveil this year’s chart. for the third year in what’s becoming a late summer tradition for me, I herby present to you the 2016 version of what has become known simply as “The Florida-FSU graphic.”

FOOTBALL
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins 34 Florida 24
All time wins 701 Florida 522
Head to Head total points 1,394 Florida 1,189
National Championships 3 PUSH 3
Consensus Top 25 finishes 36 Florida 34
Consensus Top 10 finishes 19 PUSH 19
Consensus Top 5 finishes 11 FSU 16
Heisman Trophy winners 3 PUSH 3
College Football Hall of Fame members 12 Florida 7
Bowl appearances1 43 FSU 44
Bowl wins 22 FSU 26
Major bowl appearances2 9 FSU 12
Major bowl wins 6 Florida 4
Total NFL Draft picks 331 Florida 260
1st round NFL Draft picks 50 Florida 43
Head to Head wins in Gainesville 20 Florida 11
Head to Head wins in Tallahassee 13 Florida 12
Head to Head shutout wins 3 Florida 0
Head to Head wins by 10+ points 22 Florida 15
Head to Head wins by 20+ points 12 Florida 7
Head to Head wins by 30+ points 6 Florida 2
Head to Head wins by 40+ points 1 Florida 0
Most lopsided result 49 Florida 0
Head to Head in National Championship Games 52 Florida 20
MEN’S BASKETBALL
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins3 43 Florida 23
All time wins 1,367 Florida 1,119
Head to Head total points 4,660 Florida 4,511
National Championships 2 Florida 0
National Championship Game appearances 3 Florida 1
Final Four appearances 5 Florida 1
Elite Eight appearances 8 Florida 2
Sweet Sixteen appearances 10 Florida 4
Round 32 appearances 14 Florida 8
NCAA Tournament appearances 19 Florida 14
All time NCAA Tournament wins 42 Florida 15
Head to head 10+ point wins 26 Florida 14
Head to head 20+ point wins 10 Florida 5
Consensus Top 25 poll finishes 10 Florida 5
Consensus Top 10 poll finishes 8 Florida 2
Consensus Top 5 poll finishes 5 Florida 0
BASEBALL
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins 112 FSU 128
National Championships 0 PUSH 0
Head to Head wins in NCAA Tournament 14 Florida 5
CWS Championship Series Appearances 2 Florida 0
College World Series appearances 10 FSU 21
NCAA Super Regional appearances 8 FSU 15
NCAA Tournament appearances 32 FSU 54
SOFTBALL
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins 23 Florida 14
National Championships 2 Florida 0
CWS Championship Series Appearances 4 Florida 0
College World Series appearances 7 FSU 9
NCAA Super Regional appearances 9 Florida 5
NCAA Tournament appearances 17 FSU 29
SOCCER
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins 13 Florida 10
National Championships 1 PUSH 1
College Cup appearances 2 FSU 9
NCAA Tournament appearances 19 Florida 16
VOLLEYBALL
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins 38 Florida 19
National Championships 0 PUSH 0
Final Four appearances 7 Florida 1
NCAA Tournament appearances 26 Florida 17
MEN’S TENNIS
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins 57 Florida 20
National Championships 0 PUSH 0
Final Four appearances 1 Florida 0
NCAA Tournament appearances 26 Florida 17
Head to head NCAA Tournament wins 3 Florida 0
Individual NCAA Tournament Championships 0 PUSH 0
WOMEN’S TENNIS
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins 56 Florida 1
National Championships 6 Florida 0
Final Four appearances 24 Florida 0
NCAA Tournament appearances 34 Florida 16
Head to head NCAA Tournament wins 2 Florida 0
Individual NCAA Tournament Championships 10 Florida 0
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Category Florida Winner FSU
Head to Head wins3 42 Florida 28
National Championships 0 PUSH 0
Final Four appearances 0 PUSH 0
NCAA Tournament appearances 16 Florida 14
SWIMMING
Category Florida Winner FSU
Men’s Head to Head wins 54 Florida 23
Men’s National Championships 2 Florida 0
Women’s Head to Head wins 40 Florida 3
Women’s National Championships 3 Florida 0

 

Now, let’s put a nice pretty bow on all that we’ve learned today:

OVERALL
Category Florida Winner FSU
Total Head to Head Wins across all sports3 517 Florida 294
Total National Championships across all sports4 36 Florida 11
Total Head to Head all time series leads 11 Florida 1

 

For what it’s worth, I chose to make this year’s graphic a long, scrolling table rather than a pretty picture because it just made it so much easier to elaborate on the numerous footnotes that need explaining (I may wind up doing a photo graphic later on anyway if I have the time).

So, as for the explanations for the footnotes…

1) Florida does not claim a 1912 appearance in the Bacardi Bowl (in Cuba) while FSU claims a 1950 appearance in the Cigar Bowl. As it turns out, the Bacardi Bowl would one day become the Cigar Bowl, like the Capital One Bowl became the Citrus Bowl. The only difference was that the new bowl game owners pitted two football bottom feeders together as opposed to having an American team square off against a local Cuban club. But anyway, it was the same game. FSU would still lead in this category either way, but just to be fair, let’s at least be consistent here.

2) Major bowl games include Alliance Bowl games, BCS Bowl games, College Football Playoff games, New Year’s Six Bowl games, and national championship games.

3) FSU was forced to vacate its 2006 men’s basketball win and its 2006 and 2007 women’s basketball wins over Florida (among a laundry list of other achievements).

4) This is the wildest thing I’ve ever seen in the wild world of sports debates. If you aren’t aware of the story, get ready.

Various FSU fans will claim up to 19 national championships throughout all their sports. Let’s count them:

-Football (3): 1993, 1999, 2013

-Men’s track (2): 2006, 2008

-Women’s track (2): 1984 (indoor), 1985 (outdoor)

-Men’s gymnastics (2): 1951, 1952

-Women’s golf (1): 1981

-Women’s soccer (1): 2014

God dammit, Wikipedia. The sad thing about it, and the reason why professors and teachers won’t let you use it as a source, is because literally anybody can go on and make any change they want. And sure enough, the Seminoles’ “home” Wikipedia page once credited them with nineteen national championships, quite obviously the handiwork of an FSU fan with nothing better to do- which FSU fans took one look at and ran with without another thought.

But as you have undoubtedly figured out, there’s a fundamental problem here. Namely, that does not add up to nineteen national championships. Or even seventeen. So, how do they- meaning the anonymous Wikipedia editor and all the FSU fans who’ve bought into his nonsense- come up with any more than eleven? Where do they come from?

Let’s find out.

Let’s debunk those mythical titles one by one.

-1981, 1982 and 1984 women’s indoor track and field/1981 and 1985 women’s outdoor track and field

Nowhere else on the internet does FSU claim these national titles. Not in FSU’s official media guide (you can find their list of championships on page 33), not on the NCAA’s list of outdoor track and field champions or indoor track and field champions, and not even on FSU’s track and field wikipedia page. Nice try.

The funny thing is that after I dropped my 2015 version of this graphic debunking their “19 national championships” claim, someone tampered with the page again and edited their championship total down to 17, swapping those five completely fabricated track titles out for three equally fabricated volleyball titles, which I’ll get to later. Luckily, I took a screenshot of the original page claiming nineteen (see linked tweet above).

-1981 and 1982 softball

It’s true that FSU won AIAW (governing body for women’s collegiate sports at the time) softball national championships in 1981 and 1982. There’s just one problem. The two titles they claim were both slow pitch softball tournaments, something that Wikipedia page just conveniently forgot to mention. In reality, Utah State was the 1981 national champion in softball, while the 1982 championship was split between UCLA (NCAA) and Texas A&M (in the last year of the AIAW).

Even FSU’s own athletics site admits that those championships were slow pitch, though they added their own twist to it by claiming that softball was slow pitch at the time, which is wholly false; the two just coexisted at the same time. Anyway, no way I’m going to give FSU credit for a national championship in a game I dominated in high school gym class. By my senior year, I literally got so bored playing the sport in which FSU gleefully claims two national titles that I deliberately started swinging really early so I’d crush the ball a mile foul and try to hit eleventh graders’ cars (come on, I was 17 at the time and thought it was cool). The fact that I actually did succeed once at this sport within the sport is more impressive than FSU’s titles in the actual sport.

-1997 cheerleading

Cheerleading is not a sport. Sorry. It’s just not. Admittedly, some can question whether gymnastics (in which UF has three national championships) is a sport or not, but I draw the line at cheerleading.

-1955, 1957, 1958 men’s volleyball

Why do I feel like there’s been a breakout of psychedelic toads in Tallahassee? Men’s volleyball wasn’t even an NCAA sport until 1970, more than a decade after these three alleged championships were won.


The thing is, this wouldn’t be a major issue if the majority of Nole fans didn’t blindly believe the Wikipedia work of one bored dude with more free time on his hands than he knew what to do with. Wikipedia claims almost never merit full fledged explanations like this, but this one does because the fan base it involves is so amazingly stupid.

(Disclaimer: no, not all FSU fans are idiots. My family is full of Noles, and they’re all exceptionally bright, talented people. Similarly, I’ve met several intellectually gifted FSU fans throughout my life who were more than happy to engage in rational sports debates, and I also know that there are scores of FSU fans I haven’t met who possess that high level of common sense and logic. If you’re one of those people, this scathing review of your fan base doesn’t apply to you.)

But nonetheless, enough FSU fans believe in various doses of nonsense to warrant this response. There’s not a single claim here that isn’t backed up by a fact. Fans can talk all the smack they want, but deep down, I hope this has taught everybody that you can make a better argument with numbers than insults.

And in the case of the Florida-FSU rivalry, the numbers heavily favor Florida.

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5 thoughts on “2016 Florida-FSU statistical comparison chart

  1. Lets take another look at the FSU vs. UF football rivalry…

    Years in football: FSU = 68, UF = 106 – FSU did start playing football until 1947
    10+ win seasons: FSU = 23, UF = 12
    Conference Championships: FSU = 18, UF = 8
    Bowl Records: FSU 26-15-2, UF 21-20-0

    FSU is 24-34-2 all-time vs. Florida. However the first 6 games played in Swamp, UF went 5-0-1). FSU was the equivalent of a D3 team starting out.

    FSU is 18-12-1 against UF going back to the start of the FSU “Dynasty” in 1987.

    Since 1990 FSU vs. UF is 15-12-1

    Now even though Florida has played football for nearly half a century longer than FSU, lets take a look at this…

    Consensus All Americans: FSU 32, UF 31
    Heisman’s: FSU 3, UF 3
    National Titles: FSU 3, UF 3
    National title runner-up: FSU 3, UF 1
    Perfect Undefeated Seasons: FSU 3, UF 0
    Perfect Undefeated Regular Seasons: FSU 6, UF 2

    Top 5: FSU 17, UF 11
    Top 10: FSU 18, UF 17
    Top 25: FSU 34, UF 29
    Weeks at #1 FSU 72, Miami 68, UF 41

    FSU had six 10-win seasons before the 90s, (first came in 1977).
    UF had zero 10-win seasons before the 90s

    Last 5 years: FSU leads 4-1
    Last 10 years: Tied 5-5
    Last 20 years: FSU leads 11-10
    Last 30 years: FSU leads 18-13-1
    Last 40 years: FSU leads 22-19-1

    When both teams are ranked top 25
    FSU leads 11-10-1

    When both teams are ranked top 15
    FSU leads 10-7-1

    When both teams are ranked top 10
    FSU leads 8-5-1

    When both teams are ranked top 5
    FSU leads 4-2

  2. One of the baseball stats is incorrect. FSU has made it to the CWS Championship round threes times (has 0 listed), in 1970, 1986, and 1999.

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