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FSU football looks to reverse disturbing trend in preseason AP Poll rankings

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Movin’ on up? Not lately.

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Yesterday, the 2016 Preseason Coaches Poll dropped, and Florida State found itself in the top three. It was fairly predictable for those who follow the Seminoles and the rest of college football; but what’s also been pretty foreseeable of late is FSU’s slide in the as-yet unreleased AP Poll, which figures to drop later this month.

Because in ’Nole Head Coach Jimbo Fisher’s tenure at FSU, Florida State has finished below its preseason AP ranking in five of seven years. Check it out:

  • 2010: Began 20th, finished 17th
  • 2011: Began 6th, finished 23rd
  • 2012: Began 7th, finished 10th
  • 2013: Began 11th, finished 1st
  • 2014: Began 1st, finished 5th
  • 2015: Began 10th, finished 14th
  • 2016: Began 4th, finished 8th

Of course, it’s beyond redeeming when one of those seasons deemed an overachievement by early votes resulted in a national championship, as was the case in the Seminoles’ national title campaign of 2013. But FSU hasn’t outperformed its preseason AP rank since that magical year.