No. 14 Florida State

By almost everyone's standards last season was a disaster, in which the Seminoles went from national power to conference also-ran in a matter of weeks.


There were consequences, of course, with the departure (by his choice) of coach Jimbo Fisher for greener ($$$$) pastures at Texas A&M.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

It took some voodoo scheduling or rescheduling to end the regular season against Louisiana-Monroe, which guaranteed a 6-6 regular season and then a romp over Southern Miss closed the books on a 7-6 season.

What next? Well, new coach Willie Taggart has re-vitalized the Seminole faithful. The schedule is geared to a return to double-digit wins. What remains is the looming presence of Clemson in their own division--but that game will be played in October in Tallahassee.

And then there is a roster which includes talented running backs such as Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick. Quarterback will also be in the hands of veterans such as Deondre Francois, whose knee injury last season started FSU's slide, which included 5 losses in their first seven games. And there is also James Blackman, who had to learn QB in an on-the-job training mode last season. Throw in blue chip athletes and recruits and you have the standard formula for success which has made FSU a perennial Top 10 team.

It will be interesting to see if Taggart, who was on a fast track from USF to Oregon to now FSU the past three years can put it all together in one season.[/membership]