2017 saw FSU's football campaign begin near the mountain top of college football, sporting a No. 3 ranking prior to its Labor Day loss against Alabama. Throughout the course of what would go on to become a disastrous season, Florida State muddled through the year unencumbered by a rank of any kind. In response to last season’s mediocrity, voters in 2018 slapped a more humbling preseason ranking on the Seminoles: No. 19
New year, new coaching staff, same sort of Labor Day result, as the ’Noles once again generated single-digit points while allowing 24 in a clear-cut loss. And this time around, AP voters aren’t gradually sliding FSU down the rankings. Nope, Florida State joins Texas as another big-name program to have been dropped from the rankings entirely. The Seminoles garnered the 34th most votes this week. Salt in the wound: Florida enters the poll at No. 25 after having ben unranked previously, and despite being humiliated by LSU, Miami remains ranked at No. 22. UCF is the highest ranked team in the state, at No. 19.