- Mark Schlabach, ESPN Senior Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Before Saturday's regular-season finale against rival Florida at the Swamp, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston asked his teammates how many of them had finished unbeaten during high school.
Only a couple of Seminoles raised their hands.
"Just like I told the guys before the game, we haven't been undefeated in a long time," Winston said. "I haven't been undefeated in a long time. It feels good."
It feels really good now, after No. 2 Florida State dismantled rival Florida 37-7 in front of more than 90,000 fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. The Seminoles (12-0, 8-0 ACC) are one more victory away from playing for a national championship. They'll play No. 24 Duke in next week's ACC championship in Charlotte, N.C., with a chance to play in the Jan. 6 BCS National Championship at Rose Bowl Stadium on the line.
"First state championship and then ACC championship and then national championship," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "That's our goals."
Winston, the Heisman Trophy favorite, threw for 327 yards with three touchdowns on 19-for-31 passing. FSU finised its first undefeated regular season since 1999, when it went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in the country and won its second national championship under legendary coach Bobby Bowden.
"It's definitely something big," FSU defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said. "That's why you come to FSU. To be a part of history is definitely something big. [But] we're definitely not finished. We still have things we want to do. We have to keep it in perspective."
More than anything else, the Seminoles have taken care of their business week to week this season, which is something it hasn't always done in the past. Even against Florida, which was coming off a 26-20 loss to FCS foe Georgia Southern last week and finished with its first losing season (4-8, 3-5 SEC) since 1979, the Seminoles were focused on the task at hand.
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