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Florida State ranked eighth in preseason football poll

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‘For FSU, the question is whether eight is enough.

The Seminoles of coach Jimbo Fisher, who have a national championship and a final four playoff berth in the last two seasons, are expected to have another Top 10 season. For the FSU fan, however, will that be enough?

FSU was ranked eighth on Thursday in the preseason Amway Coaches’ Poll for the upcoming season. Given the Seminoles’ heavy losses, given the suspension of running back Dalvin Cook, that isn’t bad. FSU is still the top-ranked team in the ACC, and none of its opponents are ranked higher. But eighth?

The Seminoles were the only team from Florida to be ranked in the poll. However, the University of Florida will have some opportunity to make an impression. They play against FSU (8th), Georgia (9th), LSU (13th), Ole Miss (15th), Missouri (23rd) and Tennessee (25th).

The Gators play only three SEC teams that aren’t ranked, although South Carolina received 18 votes. They also play unranked Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

FSU’s ranked opponents include Clemson (12th) and Georgia Tech (17th). Of unranked teams, Louisville received 27 votes and N.C. State received three.

While not ranked, the University of Miami received 16 votes. Florida received two and Central Florida 1.

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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