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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

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