With the college football season getting closer, there are more and more preseason polls coming out and the latest comes from Sports Illustrated. The Florida St. Seminoles are widely considered a team to be ranked near the top of the polls, and Sports Illustrated has the Seminoles at No. 11:
Florida State returns 17 starters, the most of any ACC team, from the group that rebounded from a 2-3 start to win seven of its last eight games last year. That includes a devastating defensive front headlined by ends Brandon Jenkins (eight sacks) and Bjoern Werner (seven sacks) and an offense headlined by quarterback EJ Manuel. The fifth-year senior QB enters the season with the third-highest career pass efficiency rating in league history (146.1), trailing only Seminoles' Heisman winner Chris Weinke (151.1) and ex-Georgia Tech star Joe Hamilton (148.1).
Florida State is the highest ranked ACC team and they are also the only team in the state of Florida to be ranked in this preseason top 25 poll.
Sports Illustrated also has a complete preview of the 2012 Florida State team.