Bobby Bowden retired from Florida State after the 2009 season. His final game was a win in the Gator Bowl.
Bobby Bowden is the last man to lead the Florida State Seminoles to the national championship in college football. The 1999 'Noles won it all by beating Virginia Tech. Since then, the sport has been dominated by teams from the Southeastern Conference. No team outside of the SEC has won a national title since 2005.
According to Bowden, that could change this season.
"Who's going to beat them?," he asked after speaking at former FSU star Derrick Brooks' Faith, Family and Football event in Tampa on Tuesday morning. "Just tell me who can beat them. If they play the best, they can play."
The Seminoles have started the season 9-0 after dismantling Wake Forest 59-3 this past Saturday. Florida State is up to No. 2 in the latest BCS rankings, the system set up to determine which two teams will square off for the national championship game.
The Alabama Crimson Tide, winners of three of the last four national titles, is currently the only team ranked ahead of the 'Noles. Those two could face each other in January for the championship if both win their remaining games.
But that's no guarantee, according to Bowden.
"I think if Alabama plays the best that they can play and Florida State plays the best that they can play, they'll play for the national championship. But, hey, it's human," he said. "Somebody can falter."
The Seminoles will honor Bowden's 1993 national championship team when they host Syracuse this weekend.
10 News spoke with Coach Bowden, and you can watch the interview tonight on 10 News at 11.