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Florida State is in that rarefied air along with Alabama and Ohio State as a recent national title winner, and a threat to be in the national title chase year in and year out. This season is no different. The Seminoles are loaded again in 2016. Jimbo Fisher has things rolling in Tallahassee, and the Seminole freight train doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Will Go 12-0 (8-0) if:
QB Deondre Francois can play at a high level right out of the gate. With Sean Maguire’s offseason injury, Francois is being thrown into the fire early again against a good Ole Miss team in game 1 and then in game 3 the Noles head to Louisville. Florida State has the outstanding RB Dalvin Cook, and a good set of receivers. They have recruited well, and there’s talent everywhere.
They get Clemson, UNC, Florida at home, and Ole Miss is a virtual home game in Orlando. The schedule is a tough one, but outside of Louisville 4 of the 5 most difficult FSU games will be played in front home and near home crowds. Could FSU run the table? Sure it is definitely possible especially if Francois develops quickly.
Will Go 9-3 (6-2) if:
QB Deondre Francois doesn’t play at a high level right out of the gate. Are seeing a theme here? A team without many questions may have one big one at QB. Deondre Francois is a extremely talented player, and he could be the 2nd best QB in 4 possibly 5 of Florida State’s games if he doesn’t develop quickly. That’s what happens when you face Chad Kelly of Ole Miss, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Brad Kaaya of Miami, Mitch Trubisky of UNC, and Deshaun Watson of Clemson. That’s a lot pressure on a young quarterback.
FSU plays 4 teams ranked in the pre-season top 20 – Ole Miss, Louisville, UNC, and Clemson plus a tricky game at Miami. It’s not impossible FSU could lose 3 of those games