Florida State football will make the College Football Playoff for the first time, Sports Illustrated predicts.
The publication released its preseason Top 25 and College Football Playoff projections on Wednesday, with the Seminoles among the four teams included in the playoff pool. The others: Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.
From the magazine’s Top 25 list:
“The Seminoles’ opener against Alabama [Sept. 2] in Atlanta is the start of a punishing September, which includes visits from Miami [Sept. 16] and a senior-heavy NC State [Sept. 23]. The ACC Atlantic title — and likely a playoff spot — will hinge on the trip to Clemson [Nov. 11].”
Florida State is three seasons removed from its most recent national title, which came in a win against Auburn to cap the 2013 season.
The Seminoles open the season with Alabama, which ranked No. 1 on Sports Illustrated’s preseason rankings.
Florida State was picked to win the ACC by the media.