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Five AP voters think FSU is the best team in the country

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Five guys. If they were fingers, you could make a fist.

Five. A quintet. A basketball team. A rock and roll band.

Five. That’s how many voters think FSU is the best team in the country.

Oh, it isn’t enough.

Alabama got 33 No. 1 votes, and Clemson got 16. Oklahoma got four, even though it did have enough to take the No. 3 spot in the poll ahead of Jimbo Fisher‘s Seminoles.

Still, five people believe.

It’s a start.

Five voters think the Seminoles are No. 1 despite an injury at quarterback, despite the ACC’s toughest schedule, despite No. 2 Clemson being in the same league.

Perhaps those voters might have lowered FSU’s ranking — or suggested more voters join them — when Fisher decided to restart practice.

“We’re getting mentally tougher, but we’re not as strong as we need to be, and we’ve got to grind it out,” Fisher said. “You’re in those dog days of camp; you’ve got to work to create habits. No matter how you feel, how sore you are, whatever it is. We’re getting there; we aren’t quite there yet.”

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

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