FSU football enters the season ranked inside the top 10 and will face No. 5 LSU in the season opener. It’s a chance for FSU to silence any doubters, just as they did early in the 2022 season against LSU.
However, the expectations among FSU fans have been higher for some time. Most FSU fans would consider not winning the ACC Championship or at least making the ACC Championship game a disappointment.
Anything less than 10 wins would be a disappointment and likely means FSU doesn’t play for the ACC Championship. However, as we’ve gotten closer to the 2023 season, it seems as though some national media have slowly begun to hop on the FSU hype train.
I would probably be reluctant also, considering how poorly FSU looked on the field for several years. Unlike national media, I follow the team much closer and know what’s going on.
However, I know some national media have attended practice recently, and it seems as if word has gotten around the Noles might be for real.
I know some FSU fans feel Desmond Howard and others picking the Noles to have that much success is the kiss of death. It might be, but when I look at the schedule, the trajectory of the program, and talent upgrade on both sides? Plus, knowing the question marks the two teams on the schedule that pose a real threat?
It’s hard to not like FSU this year. The advanced metrics, returning production, experience, and the teams on the schedule line up to support FSU as a team that can reach the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2014.
However, that’s why they play the games, to see if it’s all hype or not. The first game against LSU will answer most of those questions. A win, and it’s off to the races. A close loss, and the narrative is intact as long as they beat Clemson in week four. The countdown to Sunday night is upon us.