Expect Florida State and Oklahoma State to be among those teams to use impressive bowl wins as a springboard to better things in 2017. Oklahoma and Virginia Tech? Let's hold off for now.
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Maguire throws TD in Collegiate Bowl
Florida State quarterback Sean Maguire threw a 13-yard touchdown pass during Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif. The connection with New Mexico's Teriyon Gipson was the American team's only score in a 27-7 loss.
With important visits with OU, Ohio State and FSU, the No. 4 player has a few final things to get figured out about his finalists.
Whitfield featured in Shrine Game
Florida State receiver Kermit Whitfield hauled in three passes for 31 yards during Saturday's East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., but his East team lost the exhibition 10-3. Box score
Mike Martz, the former Rams head coach, had a message ready for his team when they met to prepare for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Derwin James' return highly anticipated
James sustained a knee injury in Week 2 that ended his 2016 season. He is expected to fill multiple roles when he returns for Florida State's talented defense next season. Top 25 returning players (Insider)
Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and a bevy of Florida State Seminoles lead the top 25 returning players in the ACC.
Deondre Francois primed for big 2017
Francois had a strong year in terms of production, with 3,350 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. His overall toughness and athleticism is icing on the QB cake. Top returning players: Nos. 26-50 (Insider)
2017 Football Class Rankings
National signing day is rapidly approaching, and the combination of multiple commitments along with the release of the final ESPN 300 player rankings has spurred changes throughout the class rankings. Ranks 1-10 (Insider)
Seminoles have two of the nation's best
Florida State has a pair of players ranked in the top 10 for the final #CFBrank of 2016. Dalvin Cook (RB) comes in at No. 4, while Demarcus Walker (DE) is No. 9. Final #CFBrank
Are we there yet? The confetti has barely been cleared from Clemson's championship celebration, but we're already excited about the opening weekend of 2017. Florida State vs. Alabama, anyone?
Nyqwan Murray is on the rise
Look for Murray to become a household name in 2017, after his performance in the Capital One Orange Bowl; he may have had justd two receptions in the game, but both went for touchdowns. 10 bowl breakout stars (Insider)
The ACC might be losing Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and more, but it returns Lamar Jackson and Deondre Francois to lead the way at quarterback.
There won't be a lot of action around QBs on signing day. They've made their many moves and those commits and flips defined the 2017 class.
It was a big year for the ACC, which produced college football's national champion. Now comes a big challenge: replacing early NFL departees.
With signing day just over two weeks aways, the ACC's bowl momentum is carrying over for the top teams in the league.
Wilson has two weeks to make his final decision. The five-star got one-on-one time with Ed Orgeron and a better sense of what he could do at LSU.
Countdown to 2017 begins
The Crimson Tide are No. 1 and the Seminoles No. 2 in Mark Schlabach's Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2017. Imagine if this matchup is just a precursor to a second Alabama-Florida State clash in the College Football Playoff. Top games to watch
Luginbill, Haubert & Schick examine how recruiting led to Clemson's title, teams to watch before Signing Day & Paul Biancardi talks Hoophall Classic, featuring ESPN100s top 5.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Florida State must replace its top running back and top receiver headed into 2017 as both Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph are headed to the NFL draft. The two combined for just over half of the team's total offense. There are options: Jacques Patrick and early enrollee Cam Akers at RB and Noonie Murray at WR are three players to watch.
From Deshaun Watson to Jonathan Allen to Dalvin Cook, it was a bowl season filled with spectacular performances. Here are the best of the best.
Travis Rudolph, the wide receiver who led Florida State in receiving the past two seasons, will forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer
The sportsbook at the South Point casino in Las Vegas has opened Alabama as a 3.5-point favorite over Florida State in a Week 1 matchup in Atlanta to open the 2017 season.
West Virginia, FSU rising to 2 seed
West Virginia is coming off a blowout win over Baylor, while Florida State cruised by Duke. All three join Gonzaga on the two line in Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology. Bracketology