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The Florida State football team was ranked No. 3 in the preseason release of the Associated Press Poll on Monday, the same spot as the Seminoles find themselves in the Coaches Poll. This makes FSU’s week one matchup with No. 1 Alabama officially the greatest of all time.

As part of SB Nation’s college football preview, Bill Connelly also has the Seminoles at No. 3 in his power rankings, once again behind Alabama and Ohio State.

Also on SB Nation, Jason Kirk has FSU in the College Football Playoff of his most recent bowl predictions piece, matching up once again with Alabama in the Rose Bowl.

Tomahawk Nation began its preseason position preview rundown Monday with a look at the Seminoles’ quarterbacks.

In case you forgot, Trey Marshall is suspended for the first half of the Alabama game for a continuation of his targeting penalty sustained in last year’s Orange Bowl. What does past history say about how FSU’s secondary without Trey Marshall? David Visser crunched the numbers and it may not be what you want to hear.

Bud Elliott released his annual blue-chip ratio list Monday, analyzing which teams fall within the blue-chip threshold to make them potential national champions this season. As expected, Florida State finds itself on this list.

It boils down to teams that sign more four- and five-star recruits than two- and three-stars, over the previous four recruiting classes. That’s an exclusive club, usually consisting of the top 10 percent of FBS programs. All of the national champs over the last decade-plus have accomplished it, and often, the team taking home the trophy has signed many more elite players.

Clemson took home the title in 2016 after signing 52 percent blue chips in the 2013-16 classes. In 2015, it was Alabama with a 77 percent mark. In 2014, it was Ohio State at 68 percent. In 2013, it was Florida State at 53. And on and on.

Morgan Moriarty of SB Nation provides a look inside Atlanta’s brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will host the matchup between the Seminoles and the Crimson Tide. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket, you are in for a treat inside this state-of-the-art stadium.

ESPN’s Chris Low has visited with five of the top six teams in the country over the last few weeks. What did he learn from his nation-spanning trip?

Alumni

Former FSU cornerback P.J. Williams, who has been injured for almost the entirety of his first two years in the NFL, is finally healthy and looks ready to contribute in New Orleans.

On a different and more depressing note, Corey Clark, columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat, examines what exactly has gone so wrong so quickly for Roberto Aguayo?

He finished his NCAA career as the most accurate kicker ever (267 of 276 total kicks in a Florida State uniform) and never missed from inside 40 yards, which is why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted in him in the second round of the 2016 draft. They thought they were getting Mr. Automatic - a player they could pencil into the kicker spot for the next decade and a half.

Instead they let him go after one season, becoming (I have to imagine) the first second-rounder ever to be cut on an episode of Hard Knocks. And if you saw that scene last week you couldn't help but feel awful for the guy.

And if you watched Aguayo's 49-yard attempt for the Chicago Bears (they claimed him the day after he was released by Tampa Bay) on Saturday night you realized the guy's career could legitimately be over.