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FSU expected to face Texas Longhorns in early college football playoff prediction

With the 2024 college football season fast approaching, fans, players and coaches will be looking at a very different postseason. The NCAA has moved from a 12-team playoff to a four-team format that the league has used for the past decade.

Florida State will be impatient after they were historically shut out of the playoffs last year, leading to a mass exodus of players moving away from the Orange Bowl to prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft. Now, with the No. 7 transfer class in the country and a mix of veterans and talented freshmen, the 'Noles are poised for a repeat of the ACC title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Brad Crawford of 247Sports.com released his list of possible teams that will compete in the new format and has No. 3 Florida State facing No. 6 Texas in the Peach Bowl.

As projected ACC champions, the Seminoles are eager to show the committee they deserved a bid last year.

Brad Crawford, 247Sports.com

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Interestingly, rival Florida is expected to finish just outside the playoffs in a top-heavy SEC. Their schedule ends with games against Georgia, Texas, Ole Miss, LSU and Florida State — a challenge for head coach Billy Napier to finish the year with a win. Crawford has the Gators facing Tulane in the Birmingham Bowl if they reach a .500 record.

Meanwhile, Clemson – a team expected to compete with the Seminoles for the top spot in the ACC – is expected to open with a matchup with the Utah Utes in the Pop-Tarts Bowl, with the team narrowly missing the playoffs.

Miami is predicted to have a breakout season under head coach Mario Cristobal, who is entering his fourth year at the helm. They are coming off a lackluster record (7-6, 3-5 ACC) in 2023 and will have to prove themselves this year if they want to remain relevant in college football's ever-changing conference landscape. Crawford projects them to enter the playoffs as a No. 10 seed and face No. 7 Ole Miss in the first round. That would obviously mean Florida State is the ACC champion in this scenario.

Whether the Seminoles will make it to the promised land remains to be seen. However, head coach Mike Norvell and Co. have left their mark on the college football world and made Florida State a national contender again.

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