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The Seminoles have burned me far too many times for me to say that they will live up to their grand expectations. They will not make the national championship game. The offensive line has matured, but like Oklahoma (whose loss at home to Texas Tech is still befuddling), Florida State will lose a game it should win.
Unlike the '80s and early '90s, it won't be Miami.
Virginia Tech will fall as Florida State upends the recent ACC overlord.
And Will Muschamp's Gators are too young to win at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Seminoles won't lose to even South Florida or fail to gain revenge on Clemson. Who is left?
North Carolina State will shock the Seminoles on the road. Seminole insiders will recall the thorn that NC State is—over the past 10 seasons, Florida State and NC State have split the series 5-5.
Momentum from a three-game win at the tail end of the season quarterback Mike Glennon will lead the Wolfpack to avenge last year's embarrassing shutout at FSU.
Coach Tom O'Brien's team became a stronger cohesive unit towards the end of the season by demolishing a Top-10 Clemson team. The next game N.C. State overcame a 27-point deficit to pound Maryland 56-41.
A bowl win gave a sense that N.C State could be relevant without Russell Wilson. By October, the Wolfpack should have gained experience against the quality talent of Tennessee and Miami to spoil the Seminoles' perfect record.