Florida State 1 of 4 teams that fit specific championship criteria in 2018

The Florida State Seminoles might be coming off a 7-6 season with a brand new coaching staff in place, but they surprisingly fit a very important set of parameters used to project championship contenders for the 2018 season.

ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren looked back at the seven national champions and determined that every single team they looked at had two things in common from a recruiting standpoint. They had all averaged a top-10 recruiting class in the previous four seasons and had all brought in a top-4 recruiting class at some point in the previous two seasons.

Based on those data points, there’s only four teams that fit the bill as championship contenders from a recruiting talent standpoint in 2018. Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Florida State.

The Seminoles have had an average class rank of 4.5 in the past four seasons, according to ESPN recruiting rankings, and have pulled in top-4 classes in three of the last four seasons. Ultimately, they arrived at the determination that expecting Willie Taggart and his staff to compete for a championship in their first year is a bit presumptuous, but the talent is undoubtedly there and the numbers show it.

Taggart pulled in the No. 11 class in the country after inheriting the No. 64 class in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so it should only be a matter of time before Florida State is back where it’s supposed to be.

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