Sports Illustrated released Andy Staples' preseason top 25 Monday afternoon and the Florida State football team is slotted at No. 21.
Staples had this to say about FSU: "The Seminoles may as well be Georgia: ACC Edition. FSU's offense is in great hands; all five offensive linemen return, and Ponder could wind up a Heisman candidate. FSU's defense, however, was atrocious last season and should look radically different thanks to first-year coordinator Mark Stoops. Expect to see defensive back Greg Reid -- the nation's top punt returner in 2009 -- on the field most defensive downs, and expect to see more variety from the Seminoles in terms of formations and blitzes. FSU doesn't have a superior athlete at every position anymore, but adjustments in scheme should prove that the Seminoles haven't fallen nearly as far as they appeared to last season."