Is Florida State set up to disappoint?

August, 12, 2011
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Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles are ranked in the preseason top five for the first time since 2004.

Don't believe the hype.

Not only is it the title of one of the more popular rap songs in history (by Public Enemy), it also applies to those trendy preseason teams in college football. You know, the ones that make a big jump into the preseason top five from the previous season.

This year, that honor could apply to the Florida State Seminoles.

The Seminoles were fifth in the preseason coaches' poll and if they are the same in the AP Poll released August 20, they will be the 11th team to jump at least 12 spots from their previous season's final rank into the preseason top five since the poll expanded to 20 teams on a permanent basis in 1968.

Of the ten teams to previously accomplish this feat, only two managed a top 10 finish (the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1972 and the Iowa Hawkeyes in 1985). Four finished unranked and only two teams finished within six spots of their preseason ranking.

Note the Seminoles have already been in this position, as they were ranked third in the 2002 preseason poll after finishing 2001 ranked 15th. That year the ‘Noles went 9-5, but their 7-1 mark in the ACC gave them the conference title and a BCS berth, so the season can't be considered too much of a disappointment.

FSU has not been ranked in the preseason top five since 2004 when they were fifth and ended the year ranked 15th, while 2000 remains FSU's last top five finish.

How the Seminoles fare September 17th against the Oklahoma Sooners will go a long way in determining whether the ‘Noles are a legitimate national title contender or just another team which didn't live up to the preseason expectations.

Chris Fallica

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