TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Monday he was surprised his team dropped 12 spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll following the Seminoles 41-9 loss at North Carolina.
"You usually don't drop that far," Bowden said at his weekly booster luncheon. "I do have this feeling that people love to see us fall. You just get to where you just want to see somebody beat them."
Bowden, speaking in front of about 150 boosters, also said he felt the media was eager to have a changing of the guard.
"I think they are kind of glad," Bowden said. "'Let's get old Florida State, they've been (at the top of the polls) too long."'
Florida State (2-1, 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since getting upset by North Carolina State 24-7 on Sept. 12, 1998. That year, the Seminoles won their remaining 10 games to earn a bid to the BCS national championship game against Tennessee.
Bowden said Saturday's loss to previously winless North Carolina was just another example of a good team underestimating its opponent.
"The Ravens lost to Cincinnati, I can't believe that," Bowden said, referring to the Bengals' 21-10 win Sunday. "How can a good team like that win the ... Super Bowl and get beat by Cincinnati? It's just one of those things."
The Seminoles 32-point loss was its worst regular-season defeat since 1983, when Florida won 53-14, and only the third for Florida State in 74 ACC games
Florida State, which has never lost back-to-back ACC games, plays Wake Forest Saturday before facing top-ranked Miami Oct. 13.