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Magazine says FSU football will rule the state again, win ACC

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The oldest adage in sports is that a football season is not played on paper.

That’s true. But paper can get a fan through the off-season.

Take, for instance, the latest issue of Athlon Magazine, which predicts, among other things, that the state will still belong to Florida State this year.

Athlon says the Seminoles will win their fourth consecutive ACC title. It has FSU finishing ninth in the country, at 10-2. It has them playing in the Peach Bowl against Ole Miss. Not quite the season the Seminoles have had the last two years, but not bad.

The publication has Florida finishing 26th in the country at 8-4 in the first season under Jim McElwain. It has the Gators playing N.C. State in the Belk Bowl.

Miami will finish 43rd in the country at 7-5, says the magazine. It will play against Indiana in the Austin Bowl.

South Florida will barely crack the top 100, predicts the magazine. It has the Bulls at 4-8 and ranked 99th in the country without going to a bowl.

The magazine also says that FSU running back Dalvin Cook will be the top Heisman contender in the ACC and No. 9 overall.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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