Team preview: Florida State

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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Everyone always said that Florida State and Miami, in their best years, might make decent NFL expansion teams. And while some cynics also said that both teams might have to reduce their payrolls to get in line with other professional teams, it might have been fun to see them play for a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Well, this year, the two teams began where they left off last year, facing each other in the Orange Bowl. Except this time, it won't be a bowl game, it will be the college football version of Monday Night Football, with perhaps even bigger stakes.

Technically, it's not the first conference game in the newly expanded ACC – that will come two days earlier when Wake Forest travels to Clemson – but it might as well be, because it basically will be an early September winner-take-all game for the league title.