TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Instead of Florida State being in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot, the Seminoles go into their final three games needing to win out in order to go to a bowl game for the 36th consecutive season.

In a season where not many things have gone right, Florida State (3-6) does catch a break. Its remaining games are against teams that are a combined 9-19. The stretch begins Saturday with Football Championship Subdivision foe Delaware State (2-8), followed by a Nov. 25 trip to Florida (3-6) and the Dec. 2 rescheduled game against Louisiana Monroe (4-5).

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“We know there is a bowl streak and we don’t want to ruin that. It’s in the back of our minds,” center Alec Eberle said.

The Seminoles would need to win four straight to avoid their first losing season since 1976, which was Bobby Bowden’s first year at the school. They finished 6-6 during the regular season in 2006 and ’09 and won the bowl game to finish above .500.

“LET’S GO!!!”

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— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) November 11, 2017

Coach Jimbo Fisher said during his Monday news conference that he is trying to focus on this week first instead of looking ahead.

“We need to play three good football games. But first we need to play one,” Fisher said. “We need to play one good football game and build on the positives. You’ve got to relax and do it and do it so many times in practice it’s second nature and have confidence to do it.”

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Fisher feels like there are some things to build off of last Saturday’s 31-14 loss at fourth-ranked Clemson . Despite it being Florida State’s third loss by 17 or more points, it was within a field goal and had the ball with six minutes remaining before a turnover stifled any momentum.

The defense,

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