With news that reputable magazine publisher Phil Steele picked Florida State as his preseason No. 1 team for 2012, a collective sigh and an under-their-breath mumble of “not this again” could be heard from fans and prognosticators around the country.
The Seminoles have seemingly been mythical preseason media darlings for more than a decade, only to crash and burn for a multitude of reasons.
After losing a 23-13 slugfest early last season to then-No. 1 Oklahoma, injuries ravaged Jimbo Fisher’s lineup and sent FSU’s promising season into a tailspin.
So, what makes this the year that FSU finally breaks through and wins the ACC for the first time since 2005?
Here are five reasons why the ‘Noles will live up to the hype in 2012.