FSU still in the national title picture

Originally Published: October 30, 2003
By Doug Carlson | Special to ESPN.com

The last time Florida State coach Bobby Bowden took a team to South Bend, he did everything he could to keep his players from believing in ghosts. He avoided all discussion of Notre Dame football history, fearing he might unwittingly plant seeds of doubt. Didn't matter.

"I was trying to downplay the tradition of Notre Dame so my kids wouldn't be scared to death and, uh, it backfired,'' Bowden said, able to laugh about it now. "We learned: don't play around with their tradition -- it's there.''

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