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FSU, Gators, USF and Miami all in Athlon preseason top 25


The college football preseason magazines are trickling in, as our Joey Knight wrote earlier.

Athlon formally unveiled its top 25 Monday.

Florida State is No. 3, behind Week 1 opponent Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State. The site writes: Florida State will be tested right away with a matchup against Alabama in Atlanta to open the season. The Seminoles host Miami, NC State and Louisville in key conference games, but a matchup at Clemson and a road date at Florida will determine whether or not Fisher's team can finish in the top four.

The Florida Gators are No. 16, and Athlon states the obvious: "In order to edge Georgia for the division crown, improvement on offense is a must." It does call UF's receiving corps the best in the SEC.

Miami is No. 23 and the top team in the impossible-to-predict ACC Coastal Division. That'd mean Miami and FSU would finally meet in the ACC title game. The magazine likes a Hurricanes defense with a line that "has a chance to be among the best in the nation."

USF is No. 24, the AAC favorite and the top Group of Five team, headed to a New Year's Six bowl near you.

Check out the full top 25 here.

[Last modified: Monday, May 22, 2017 10:39am]


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