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Florida State football, recruiting news: Expert projects FSU to New Year's Six bowl

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

- Jerry Palm of CBS Sports released his first set of bowl projections for the upcoming season and he projected Florida State to a New Year's Six bowl and another ACC team to the college football playoff. Think this is an accurate prediction for the Seminoles this season?

- Bob Ferrante of The Osceola points out just how shallow Florida State is at linebacker.

Terrance Smith and Reggie Northrup are healthy. Lorenzo Phillips has been cleared.

Beyond that, the news at linebacker has been relatively ugly for Florida State.

Gone are Ukeme EligweE.J. LevenberryKain Daub and, now, Matthew Thomas. Having any one of those available in 2015 would provide some comfort. Not having any causes heartburn.

Why should you worry about it? Beyond Northrup and Thomas, FSU will look to converted safety Tyrell Lyons, little-used Ro'Derrick Hoskins, Phillips and true freshman Sh'mar Kilby Lane for depth. (It's too early to count on Delvin Purifoy, who is coming off a major ankle injury a year ago.) There's simply no room for any more injuries.

- Detailed piece from Jim Henry, sports editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, on all of the renovations that have been finished, as well as those still in progress, at Doak Campbell Stadium.

- Chase Goodbread of CFB 24/7 put the Sod Cemetery at No. 4 on his list of the top college football traditions behind Howard's Rock (Clemson) at No. 3, Dotting the I (Ohio State) at No. 2, and Texas A&M's Midnight Yell at No. 1.

In 1962, FSU began the tradition of removing a chunk of sod from the field where the Seminoles scored an upset win on the road following an 18-0 win at Georgia. The chunk was returned to FSU and buried here. The tradition really took flight in the early years of the Bobby Bowden era, when the coach decided to fearlessly travel to college football's toughest venues to test his team and gain exposure for the then-independent program. The pinnacle schedule for that motive was 1981, when FSU played more road games (6) than home games (5), including five straight away from home, traveling to Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida, and a Pittsburgh squad featuring Dan Marino. Sod came home from half of those venues (OSU, ND, LSU).

- Some lackluster recruiting news as Nate Craig-Myers recently said in an interview that his relationship with FSU has been dying down. However, given the recent success FSU has had at putting receivers in the NFL in addition to how far away National Signing Day is, the Florida State coaching staff has plenty of time to change Craig-Myers' mind.