For the second straight year, the Florida State Seminoles come into the new season trying to justify their preseason top-10 ranking. After an early three game losing streak, the 'Noles finished 2011 a disappointing 9-4.
Currently ranked #7 in the coaches' poll, Florida State has several obstacles standing in the way of not only a top-10 finish, but also an ACC championship. For a program that was a perennial powerhouse throughout the '90's and is looking to return to those glory days, 9-4 and a bowl win over Notre Dame is not going to cut it.
Unfortunately for 'Noles fans, it looks like the return of those "glory days" will have to wait at least another season. There are several reasons that Florida State will ultimately prove unworthy again of such a high preseason ranking.