No. 4 FSU

You know you are doing well when a pair of 10-3 seasons are categorized as "off'' seasons. You know you are doing well when you can lose a game by 43 points one week and then bounce back with a 20 point win over a Top 20 team the following week.


Such is life at Florida State under Jimbo Fisher these days as the Seminoles move into the great expectations role in the Atlantic Coast Conference which has been filled by Clemson the past two seasons, including last season's national championship.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

But QB DeShaun Watson is gone from Clemson and FSU returns its quarterback, Deondre Francois, and 9 starters back from a defense which was ranked as one of the best units in the country a year ago.

That's some of the good news coming out of FSU this summer. The bad news? Well, the season opens in another week in Atlanta against an Alabama team that is a consensus No.1 pick in the pre-season polls.

The Seminoles have never shied away from competition. They face Miami, Louisville and Clemson in league competition and end the regular season against Florida.

There is talent everywhere you look on the roster, even though such stalwarts as running back Dalvin Cook are gone, but the offensive line returns and so does a defensive secondary, led by safety Darwin James.

If the Seminoles can get past Alabama, they could very well end their season in the championship game in Atlanta against Alabama.

But even if the Tide rolls next week, don't expect the Seminoles to be swept out of the Top 10. [/membership]