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By Marc Lawrence, — put it best when they said that not everyone can be champions. Although some levels of success can be sustained at many major college football programs, not everyone can be Nick Saban’s Alabama, Kirby Smart’s Georgia, or even Ryan Day’s Ohio State. While all teams aspire to reach the summit like Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines did a year ago, sometimes eight to ten wins can be a season worth celebrating for others.

While this is usually the time of year to be optimistic about one’s favorite teams, some may need a reality check about what could be coming down the pipeline. Whether it be roster attrition, coaching turnover, or bad breaks in the schedule, we’ve all been there. A season following one of great achievement can often result in one full of nothing but heartbreak and failure.

Let’s take a look at the ten college football teams most likely to take a step backward this 2024 season, starting with…

10. Florida State Seminoles

While the Florida State Seminoles can still make the College Football Playoff out of the ACC, they certainly won’t be toying with perfection this year. This has everything to do with many of the ‘Noles’ best players turning pro, as well as the top tier of the ACC leveling up. While Florida State could win the league, it will be hard to see the ‘Noles as a top-five team in the country throughout. If Oregon State transfer D.J. Uiagalelei finally plays up to the five-star potential Clemson saw in him coming out of St. John Bosco, then maybe they will have some crow to eat. In the meantime, the attention goes to what Mike Norvell could do anyway.

Florida State is probably closer to a top-15 team in the country next season than a top-five one.

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