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Florida State Seminoles 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

Florida State Seminoles 2016 Preview

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The Florida State Seminoles have won double-digit games four straight seasons and enter 2016 as national championship contenders. It’s just another day at the office for the Noles, as FSU has become one of the more consistent programs in the country under head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Here is your 2016 Florida State college football preview.

Florida State Seminoles 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: Florida State’s offense will be led by Dalvin Cook, who rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns despite missing a game. Cook is one of the fastest players in college football and forces defenses to pay him so much attention, making everyone better. The playmakers on the outside are also there for FSU, as Travis Rudolph, Kermit Whitfield,Jesus Wilson and Ryan Izzo all return for another season. Florida State’s offensive line is also experienced with one of the top left tackles in Roderick Johnson leading the way. The only question for FSU is at quarterback, as Sean Maguire was hit or miss last season in a limited role.

Defense: Florida State will have one of the scariest defensive lines with Josh Sweat and DeMarcus Walker holding down the fort at defensive end. This is a unit that should average around three sacks per game with that much talent. Marquez White, Marcus Lewis and Tarvarus McFadden provide depth in the secondary and will make losing Jalen Ramsey easy to forget. That doesn’t even include Derwin James, who had four pass deflections as a freshman. The only concern with Florida State’s defense will be at linebacker as replacing Terrence Smith and Reggie Northrup won’t be easy. The Noles have talented options, but Ro’Derrick Hoskins and Matthew Thomas have little playing experience under their belts.

Special Teams: Logan Tyler will replace Cason Beatty at punter. Ricky Aguayo will replace Roberto Aguayo at placekicker.

Outlook: Florida State has very little question marks and expectations are high because of it. FSU expects to get back to the college football playoff and compete for a national title. Anything less than that with this much talent would be considered a failure. Even with all the recent success, the pressure is on Fisher and his staff to come through again.

Schedule:

Sept. 5 (Monday): Ole Miss (Orlando)

Sept. 10: Charleston Southern

Sept. 17: at Louisville

Sept. 24: at South Florida

Oct. 1: North Carolina (Parents’ weekend)

Oct. 8: at Miami

Oct. 15: Wake Forest (Homecoming)

Oct. 22: Bye

Oct. 29: Clemson

Nov. 5: N.C. State

Nov. 11 (Friday): Boston College

Nov. 19: at Syracuse

Nov. 26: Florida

Dec. 3: ACC Championship Game (Charlotte, North Carolina)

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