A sure sign the college football season's over is a flurry of early bird predictions for the next one. Here are six that don't come close to agreeing how high FSU will rank. Their rankings range from the Top 5 to about the same as this year.
One thing they pretty much do agree on: Oklahoma is the team to beat. Five out of six put the Sooners at no. 1. More confirmation that the OU game on Sept. 17th will be the hottest ticket at Doak in a decade.
Here's where those six experts say the Noles will finish the season.
#4 Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constituion and CBS Sports is the most bullish on FSU.
#7 We put a lot of stock in Mark Schlabach's opinions. Nobody knows college FB better, especially when it comes to teams in the South.
#8 The Rivals staff is also high on the Noles, while leaving the gators and Canes completely off their list.
#11 Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports says FSU just misses the Top Ten. He's also the only writer who doesn't pick Oklahoma to finish first.
#13 You'd think that Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel would rank a Florida team a little higher than 13. Really, Matt?
#17 For what it's worth, here's a pessismistic pick by a site we've barely heard of.
Huh? A bonus prognostication by SI's Andy Staples. Always the rebel, Andy doesn't actually rank teams. He makes, uh, other interesting predictions -- like Florida and Texas will be in BCS bowls. This guy needs his mailbox cherry-bombed.