Every year at STS we have provided a list of expectations for the upcoming season. Some of the expectations are constant, others change from season to season depending on the team. Last year we had a variety of opinions, and this year is no different. Everything from beating Notre Dame to national title contender is on the table. Once again we've provided some expectations from the writing staff rather than a single article listing the site's expectations.
Brian: For me the expectations are similar to last year. I expect us to beat South Carolina again. I expect us to win 10 games, and I expect us to finish 2nd in the division. Even with the injuries and losses the team has suffered, there is no reason not to finish 2nd or better in the Atlantic. I'm a little hesitant about expecting a division title. Despite what many are saying, I think FSU is going to be pretty good. Once again I think the title comes down to the Clemson-FSU game in November and I'm not sure how to predict that. If we go 10-2/11-1 and beat South Carolina it is hard to be too upset given our losses. Oh and even though they will be a tough games, losing to Louisville or Georgia Tech will definitely not mean we are surpassing expectations.
Ryan K: Obviously, we went in depth in our Calculating Expected Wins article about how we believe the season will unfold, but here I'll briefly mention the goals that the Tigers will be working towards this season.
Goal #1 is to reclaim the ACC Title. After winning in 2011, FSU has won three straight. The Seminoles play in Death Valley and are expected to be a bit down this year as their offense is extremely young. The Tigers need to take advantage.
The biggest obstacle may be injuries (and suspensions, leaves of absence, etc.) The summer has taken a toll on the Tigers depth. Losing Isaiah Battle to the supplemental draft thrusts true freshman Mitch Hyatt into a starting role at LT. While I feel he will perform admirably, the second team O-line suffers as a result. That makes the roster less able to absorb injuries and move forward.