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Once again, Florida State seems to find itself near the top of the college football world.
The Seminoles start the 2012 season as the No. 7 team in the land, and they are clearly the top ACC program with a chance to challenge the SEC dominance this year.
But will the 'Noles be able to do the unthinkable, especially when you consider how high everyone was on FSU last season and the eventual result?
It's hard to blame any one person for Florida State's collapse last season, as injuries took their toll on the team. Florida State eventually finished 9-4, edging out Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl.
But staying healthy is part of the game, right?
Florida State may be the deepest its been in recent memory, and we might even go so far as to call the Seminoles SEC-esque in that regard this year. But depth only gets you so far. E.J. Manuel will have to get the team the rest of the way.
Florida State will face FCS Murray State in Week 1, the first of two FCS opponents in the first two weeks (sad, we know).
Manuel will be expected to absolutely pick apart the Racers in what is sure to be an abbreviated appearance, and his success or failure against a mediocre FCS opponent (7-4 in 2011) will tell us very quickly where FSU's chances stand at capturing its first ACC title since 2005.