Ready to Rumble

Buoyed by a spirited summer, the Florida State Seminoles report on Sunday for the start of preseason practice. FSU opens practice on Monday afternoon, with the first day in pads scheduled for Friday. Two-a-day practices begin next Saturday for the Seminoles, who open the season at rival Miami on Monday, Sept. 6.

It's time to get busy.

The Florida State Seminoles report back to Tallahassee on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., signaling the start of preseason practice.

This is a new era for FSU and the Atlantic Coast Conference, which welcomes Miami and Virginia Tech into the fold.

The two schools officially joined the ACC on July 1, leaving the Big East Conference in a contentious process that ended last summer.

Boston College will become the ACC's 12th member next year, giving the league the number of teams required for a lucrative conference title game.

The league gets two of the nation's most successful programs in the past five years in Miami and Virginia Tech.

The Hurricanes have won 55 games and a national championship, while also reaching a title game during that time.

The Hokies, meanwhile, won 48 games and reached the title game in 1999.

"I feel like the ACC is, if not the best conference, is one of the best (in the nation). There's great talent," FSU receiver Craphonso Thorpe said.

The Seminoles open the season at rival Miami in a game that will certainly help set the season's tone.

It's no secret FSU is looking to regain its past national championship glory of 1999. Since that season, the Seminoles have finished with double-digit victories twice and placed as high as fifth (2000) in the final polls.

The 10-3 Seminoles ended 11th in last year's final Associated Press poll.

While the additions of UM and Virginia Tech will bring added spice to the ACC, FSU is still considered the conference's cornerstone.

FSU has won 11 ACC titles and two national championships in the 12 seasons since joining the league. The Seminoles were once again picked by the ACC media to capture the league crown this season over the Hurricanes.

In addition, Clemson, Maryland, Virginia and N.C. State are coming off bowl game victories

FSU practice schedule
Monday thru Friday, 3:40 p.m.
Saturday, First Day of two-a-days, 8:15 a.m. and 6:25 p.m.
Sunday, Media Day

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