Florida State's basketball team will start the season ranked 25th by the AP Poll.
This has been a pretty solid preseason for Florida State, Michael Snaer has been recognized as a top player nationally. The 'Noles are ranked 24th by the coaches and 25th by the AP. Leonard Hamilton has already signed a top prospect for next year, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and figures to factor heavily in Andrew Wiggins' (the nation's top HS junior) college choice too.
Plus Florida State still gets to play the underdog role.
Despite winning the ACC last season and return four of their five top scorers, Hamilton's Seminoles are just the fourth-ranked team in the ACC (behind NC State (6), Duke (8) and UNC (11/12)), at the ACC media day the coaches picked FSU to finish 5th this year behind Miami.
So Florida State is getting the best of both worlds.
Florida State plays their first exhibition game on Tuesday, their season begins on November 9th when they host South Alabama to start the Coaches vs. Cancer tourney.