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Florida State football, recruiting news: Fisher chosen as best ACC coach in close games

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- CBS Sports' Jon Solomon selected Jimbo Fisher as the best ACC coach in close games.

Fisher wrote the book last season on how to win close games, going 7-0 in one-possession contests. That's an absurdly high single-season rate. With Jameis Winston now gone, there's nowhere to go but down for Fisher in close games. Still, Fisher has won 10 straight one-possession games, with the last loss coming against North Carolina State in 2012.

A pair of FSU true freshmen are included in SI's 15 freshmen to watch list that was put together by Chris Johnson.

- Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post discusses LB Terrance Smith's new leadership role on this year's team.

- Bob Ferrante of The Osceola tells of Demarcus Walker's developing relationship with FSU's new DL coach Brad Lawing.

- A pair of midseason road game for the Seminoles were included in CFB 24/7's Chase Goodbread's countdown of the top 15 games for the upcoming season.

FSU/Clemson:

What was one of the most compelling games in the ACC last year moves to Death Valley, where the Seminoles will be challenged to win with a new face at quarterback. The Tigers' bigger task might be to slow down FSU's star-in-the-making rusher, Dalvin Cook, with some inexperience of its own along the defensive front.

FSU/GT:

Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas gave a marvelously-talented FSU defense fits last season, operating the triple-option offense with machine-like precision. The Seminoles aren't expected to have as much defense this year, while Georgia Tech's porous defense from a season ago should be at least somewhat improved. A close game here, particularly with Tech at home, is to be expected.

- Brandon Plotnick of the FSView writes about Jalen Ramsey's move back to cornerback.