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Is Florida State a better head coaching job than Florida?

Florida coach Jim McElwain, left, and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, right, meet at midfield after a meeting between the teams in 2015.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Florida coach Jim McElwain, left, and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, right, meet at midfield after a meeting between the teams in 2015.

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ESPN has been filling the college football offseason with an interesting question: If every job came open right now, which would be the most desirable? You can see its top 15 here, with Alabama at No. 1.

What jumped out to me was that Florida State was No. 5 (behind ‘Bama, Ohio State, Texas and USC)...and one ahead of Florida.

All things being equal, the Gators should be ahead of FSU, just as Texas should be ahead of A&M, Michigan should be ahead of Michigan State and so on. Florida is the state's flagship university, and that carries weight.

But, of course, all things are not equal, and here's why I agree with the list: The Seminoles have a lot of the same perks as UF but an easier path to the College Football Playoff. Even though UF plays in what has become the weaker division in the SEC, FSU's ACC competition isn't as strong. Let's call UF's top two opponents (Georgia and LSU) and FSU's top two opponents (Clemson and Miami) a tie. I'd rather play FSU's division (Louisville, Syracuse, Boston College, N.C. State and Wake Forest) than UF's (Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina and Missouri).

What are your thoughts? Do you agree?

It's also worth noting that Miami was tied with Stanford for No. 21 on the list. That's one ahead of Baylor and just behind Penn State.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:08pm]

    

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