It's a big weekend for FSU fans. The homecoming game will send fans traveling from Tampa to Tallahassee, but will they be in the presence of the next internet sensation?
It's happened before when a chance shot on TV put a FSU student in the national spotlight. "Cowgirl Nation" was born.
Now they're at every game -- you know them by the boots, the feathers and that "it" factor that took one Seminole from a FSU game to national fame.
"Everybody wants to be the really cute Indian cowgirl-like hippie," said Susie Shin.
It's a look perfected in the stands.
"The cowgirl lives on with the feather and the gear," said Lindsey Patti.
It's a reputation made famous by the original cowgirl, Jenn Sterger, originally from Tampa.
It only took ten seconds of national airtime, a shot from the Miami-FSU game in 2005, and one quote from the announcer who said, "Fifteen hundred red blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State," with one glimpse of Sterger.
"A lot more guys than girls. Applying that is," said Melissa Moser.
That was 2005. Since then Sterger went on to pose in Playboy and work for the New York Jets. She landed a national sports show and also landed in a sexting controversy. Those naughty photos were allegedly sexted from quarterback Brett Farve to the original Cowgirl.
"Apparently the cowgirl lives on. You see all the girls around here all looking good wearing tomahawk spears all geared up so they're ready to go," said Brent Thomas.
You can't leave out those boots. You see them everywhere marching in to the stadium as a cowgirl must.
"They're comfortable. Your feet don't get dirty. They look great. Guys love them," said Kailey Montesi.
That's especially true on game day.
"There's so many beautiful women. They're just a small sampling of the girls who go to school there," said Casey Tasey.
But is the next Jenn Sterger waiting in the crowd?
"There's always a new generation of cowgirls. They're just under the radar," said Anna Lisa Sicher.
"I feel like we cover up a lot. I don't know if it's still cut down the middle and crop tops anymore," said Kailey Montesi.
Some are in plain sight. We asked Sinna Oshats how this generation compares.
"Yeah, we're hotter," she said.
In a sea of garnet and gold, she's waiting to be discovered.
"Yeah it's us. We're the new stars," Oshats said.
She's ready to walk the cowgirl trail blazed by Jenn Sterger sparked by those ten seconds of TV time.
As for Jenn Sterger, she's still covering sports when she can and trying on the role of actress in Los Angeles.
And she's still rooting for FSU.
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