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Seminoles ranked No. 8 in preseason AP poll

Florida State also ranked in same spot in coaches poll
Florida State Seminoles QB Jordan Travis eludes Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Ethan Downs at 2022 Cheez-It Bowl
Posted at 12:36 PM, Aug 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-14 12:37:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State is a consensus top-10 team in both major college football polls.

The Seminoles are ranked No. 8 in The Associated Press preseason top 25 poll released Monday. They hold the same spot in the preseason coaches poll unveiled last week.

This is Florida State's first appearance in the AP preseason poll since 2018 when its 41-year streak of consecutive winning seasons came to an end.

Florida State Seminoles hold helmets high before 2022 season opener
Florida State players hold their helmets high before the start of a game against Duquesne, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla.

The top nine teams in the AP preseason poll are the same in almost identical order.

Two-time defending national champion Georgia is the top-ranked team in the country, followed by second-ranked Michigan.

Alabama and Ohio State are flip-flopped in the AP poll, with the Buckeyes ranked third and Crimson Tide ranked fourth. Alabama was No. 3 and Ohio State was No. 4 in the coaches poll.

Just like the coaches poll, LSU is No. 5, Southern California is No. 6 and Penn State is No. 7.

Clemson is one spot behind the Seminoles at No. 9.

Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell points to sky before game against Clemson Tigers, Oct. 15, 2022
Florida State head coach Mike Norvell points to the sky before the team's game against Clemson on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. Clemson won 34-28.

If the rankings hold, the Seminoles will face two top-10 teams in the month of September.

The No. 9 Tigers host Florida State on Sept. 23. Clemson defeated the Seminoles 34-28 last season.

LSU opens the season against Florida State on Sept. 3 in Orlando. The Seminoles won last September's meeting in New Orleans 24-23 on a blocked PAT after the Tigers scored a touchdown as time expired.

Florida State Seminoles defensive back Shyheim Brown blocks PAT by LSU Tigers kicker Damian Ramos, Sept. 4, 2022
The extra point kick by LSU place kicker Damian Ramos (34) is blocked by Florida State defensive back Shyheim Brown (38) in the fourth quarter Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in New Orleans.

Led by quarterback Jordan Travis, the Seminoles return most of their playmakers from a team that finished on a six-game winning streak to end last season with 10 wins for the first time since 2016.

Travis, who hails from West Palm Beach and was a star player at the Benjamin School, enters the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate after throwing for 4,959 yards and 46 touchdowns and rushing for 1,784 yards and 24 scores in his college career.

Florida State Seminoles QB Jordan Travis runs in fourth quarter vs. Florida Gators, Nov. 25, 2022
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis runs on a keeper during the fourth quarter against Florida on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 45-38.

His top two targets – returning starter Johnny Wilson and Michigan State transfer Keon Coleman – enter the season on the Biletnikoff Award watch list.

On the opposite side of the ball, defensive end Jared Verse is projected to be a first-round draft pick after recording 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks a season ago.

No other team in Florida was ranked in the preseason top 25, but the Gators did receive four votes. Florida will host the Seminoles this season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.