The Seminoles of Florida State have long been expected to regain their place among the college football elite, and in order to finally do so this year, they will need excellent play from their upperclassmen.
Sure, underclassmen like Devonta Freeman and Nick O'Leary will need to contribute as well, but the fortune of this season will turn on the play of seasoned veterans.
The disappointment that the upperclassmen have dealt with since their arrival in Tallahassee should fuel the fire that they will need to have burning inside them come this fall.
The young players from Jimbo Fisher's last two superb recruiting classes will be looking up to the veterans as leaders and teachers. In many ways, the performance of the upperclassmen this season could define Fisher's tenure as head coach.
Florida State certainly doesn't have the hardest schedule in college football, but since the margin of error is so small, one slip-up could easily derail this group's lofty ambitions.