15. Florida State Seminoles

Do the Seminoles' ACC title hopes depend on Chris Rix?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 11:38 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN The Magazine
LAST SEASON: 9-5 (7-1 ACC)

Those dadgum Noles are so washed up that ACC media members picked 'em to finish atop the league for the 12th consecutive season. Still, facts are facts: 1) Florida State has lost nine games over the past two years, 2) it's coming off a ho-hum Sugar Bowl loss to Georgia and 3) it's recovering slowly from a mud-splattered off-season. Naturally, Bobby Bowden won't rule out winning his third national championship. "I'm like an old fighter who always thinks he can win the title again," he says.

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