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

MONICA HERNDON | Times

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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