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Florida State football, recruiting news: 2013 national championship rematch in the cards?

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- Jason Kirk, editor for the college football division of SB Nation, released his first set of playoff/bowl predictions for the 2015 season and Florida State fans may be intrigued to see a 2013 national championship rematch projected to take place in Atlanta on New Year's Eve.

A young FSU emerges from a debacle of an ACC (seriously, figuring out ACC wins and losses took about as much time as everyone else combined) to get a 2013 BCS rematch with Auburn, and any Tigers fans disappointed with nine or 10 wins suddenly have a bowl worth caring about.

- Kevin Flaherty of 247Sports unveiled his list of the top five running backs in college football and newly-reinstated Seminole Dalvin Cook comes in at No. 4. Despite only being a sophomore, Cook's immediate impact to Florida State cannot be overstated as some (including Vegas) feel that he is a potential Heisman candidate for the upcoming season.

Cook's freshman year started slowly. Through five games, he had a total of 24 carries and two catches. But he finished with five 100-yard games, including three straight to end the season. Over those three games, which included the ACC Championship Game and a College Football Playoff semifinal, Cook averaged 141.3 rushing yards per game and caught 10 passes. Pushed over a full 12-game season, that would leave Cook just shy of 1,700 rushing yards and 40 receptions. This season, without Jameis Winston and with a full year's work, the explosive Cook could have the production to match his prodigious talent.

- The Orlando Sentinel's Brendan Sonnone believes that FSU OL Derrick Kelly is one of the bigger surprises of the preseason. Although Kelly missed practice today, he still appears to be FSU's starting right tackle entering the season.

-David Hale of ESPN came out with his power rankings of the ACC preseason quarterbacks and after having the best QB in the ACC last year by a large margin, Florida State comes in at #5 on this list with Hale assuming that Everett Golson will be the starter. With FSU below Georgia Tech, Clemson, Miami, and UNC, do you think the ranking is on target or did it miss the mark?

At midseason in 2014, Everett Golson was a legitimate Heisman candidate. The second half of the season had too many turnovers and too many Notre Dame defeats, and he ended up transferring to Florida State. That could be a boon for both Golson and the Seminoles as he takes over an offense that's short on experience but loaded with talent.

- Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat discusses when the once-elite Miami football program will return to its winning ways.

- Florida State took another recruiting blow last night when 2016 WR Keith Gavin decommitted from the Seminoles. It would seem that the Seminoles have hit a rough patch with regard to recruiting highly touted wide receivers after bringing in seven receivers who are all competing for playing time in the 2014 and 2015 classes.