Strong performances in bowl games carry a lot of weight when it comes to perception. The outlook on the following season is based in part on how teams finish, and a win in a bowl game could be a positive springboard into offseason conditioning and spring ball. It's also a month of extra practices and extra reps for younger players who will have increased roles next season. Last year, Florida State's win over SEC East champ South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl punctuated an impressive first season for coach Jimbo Fisher. It contributed to the hype surrounding the Noles in the offseason.
A win over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl would help create some momentum for Florida State heading into 2012, but Fisher isn't thinking about next season just yet.
“The goal is to win the game," he said. "Because I think for your seniors and for everybody you have, it’s about the kids and the team. After this year, this team dies. The life expectancy for a team is one year. That group of guys is never together ever again. After every year, that team is never the same. The dynamic of it, the family of it, the people in it; every team, ever year. It’s important that this team fulfills its life by playing a good bowl game. Hopefully the guys that are in the program next year can reflect and grow so that team next year can learn valuable lessons from this year, yes.”