There are very high expectations for the 2016 Florida State football team, and Athlon Sports agrees. They have Florida State ranked as the No. 2 team in their preseason magazine right behind defending national champion Alabama.
"After winning 10 games in a rebuilding season, FSU is poised to challenge for the title," Athlon wrote. "Most of the roster returns intact, but the Seminoles have to find a QB and replace cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Dalvin Cook is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman."
The Seminoles aren't the only ACC team in the Top-5. Atlantic division rival Clemson sits at No. 4 in their rankings. The October 29th showdown between the Seminoles and the Tigers is not just for the ACC crown this year, but could decide which team makes the playoff.
Four other teams on Florida State's schedule come in ranked in the Top-25. Ole Miss is at No. 10, Louisville is at No. 19, Florida is at No. 21 and North Carolina comes in at No. 22.
For the rest of Athlon Sports 2016 rankings click here.