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Florida State football, recruiting news: Are two best ACC teams in same division?

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- ESPN's Jared Shanker and David Hale debate who is the ACC's second best team.

- Jacey Zembal of the Wolfpacker  looks into the emergence of NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb as well as analysis as to who he may line up against on Saturday in Tallahassee.

- Tom D'Angelo, FSU beat writer for the Palm Beach Post, relays Jimbo Fisher's message that a College Football Playoff appearance is not a necessary requirement for a successful season, citing Florida State history as an example.

"I don't want anybody to think just because you don't go to the playoff — and we're all disappointed that (won't happen) — that doesn't mean you can't have significant seasons and great seasons," Fisher said.

The Seminoles won the national championship in 1993 and 1999 and played for three others during those 14 years. But it was their overall success of winning at least 10 games in each of those years - even those in which no title was at stake in a bowl - that made the run even more special.

This makes sense, given that by the make-the-playoff-or-bust definition, 124 of 128 teams would fail each year.

- Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat addresses the leadership role that Dalvin Cook has taken on with this year's team.

Recruiting: Lots of smoke that defensive end Kier Thomas, of Miami Central, will flip to Auburn from Florida State. Some sources question how hard FSU is trying to hold on to Thomas.