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Will the Seminoles Rebound in 2007?

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Yesterday, I wanted to know what experts thought about the prospects of Florida State this year so I reviewed the football rankings of Athlon pre-season college. I was surprised to find the Seminoles to be part of the top ten after their previous seasons’ all time low. They were #26 which seemed like a show of respect from the pollsters. In USA Today they ranked #25 in the pre-season poll. What could we expect from them this year? Here’s what I think.

The most frustrating season for the Florida State fans was last year. Every game showed athletes who were physically talented yet their offense was vey inept. We had to endure watching games that just reflected how Bobby Bowden was a weak head coach. Several of us wondered how the university, Coach Bowden and the college football as a whole allowed the injustice of destroying the legacy of Jeff Bowden to the college program. Finally, some major changes happened after a $500,000 buyout.

Most likely, we’ll find the results early in the season of how much the team has improved now that they have a new offensive coaching staff. Several people will agree there’s no way they could be worse. With the latest accomplishment of Jimbo Fisher, he will be able to meet the challenge of putting FSU back to its Top 10 position.

One stumbling block would be the tough schedule the Seminoles will face this year. An ESPN columnist ranked FSU as having the second most difficult schedule this season. Their away games will be at Virginia Tech, Florida and Boston College are all games in which the Seminoles are the underdogs. If they haven’t improved their offense play then they are sure to lose in all these games. If they reconstructed their offense then they have nothing to fear.

I’d like to have a time-warp back to 1999 when they were successful but that’s unlikely if we still have Bobby Bowden at the helm. Over the previous seasons, he has lost a great deal of respect from the fans and players that he used to have. The unpredictability and trick plays FSU used to have is totally gone. With Coach Bowden getting older, it’s hard to imagine that their fast-pace and in-your-face style could be brought back. With that perception, a 9-3 record and a win in the bowl-game is satisfactory.

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