Florida State Football ranked No. 3 in post-spring ESPN projection

On3 imageby:Corey Clark05/03/23

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Now that all of the teams have completed spring practice and transfer portal activity is beginning to slow down, more college football preseason polls for 2023 are going to start rolling in.

On Wednesday, ESPN released its post-spring college football power rankings, and checking in at No. 3 is none other than the Florida State Seminoles.

Georgia is No. 1, followed by Michigan at No. 2. Neither of those should be a surprise. The Bulldogs are the back-to-back defending national champions and the Wolverines have been in the College Football Playoff each of the past two seasons.

But coming in right behind those two powers, and ahead of the likes of Southern Cal (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 5) and Alabama (No. 6), is Mike Norvell’s Florida State squad, which finished last season 10-3 and ranked No. 10 in the country.

The Seminoles have one of the most experienced depth charts in the United States, led by star quarterback Jordan Travis and defensive linemen Jared Verse and Fabien Lovett.

“Imagining a CFP field of the Bulldogs, Wolverines, Seminoles and Trojans isn’t difficult,” veteran ESPN college football reporter Mark Schlabach wrote in the article. “Florida State is the team most likely to be sliding out of that picture early, with games against LSU and Clemson before the end of September. Conversely, if the Seminoles win those games and start undefeated — or even with a lone loss — they should be part of the conversation for a College Football Playoff berth.”

In the ESPN rankings, season-opening opponent LSU is ranked No. 7. Clemson, which Florida State could play twice in 2023 depending on how the conference races shakes out, is ranked No. 9.

Those are the only two teams on FSU’s schedule that are ranked in the Top 25 of the ESPN poll.

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