Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has paid plenty of attention to his old squad, even though he hasn’t been back for a game since he retired.

As Bowden told the NewsObserver,

“It looks like they’re back,” Bowden said during a phone interview on Monday. “You know what I mean? It looks like, when you compare them with other teams in the country, I think you’d have to say that they’re one of the top 10 teams, you know it?”

The Seminoles are 5-0 and ranked #3 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, with a bevy of talented players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The biggest change this year for the Seminoles has been their dominant rushing attack. After finishing 104th in the country last season at just 112 yards per game, the Noles are churning out over 260 yards per game on the ground in 2012.

Couple that with senior QB E.J. Manuel, who is turning in a great season of his own so far (73% completions, 9 TD’s-1 INT) and the Seminoles can attack you in a variety of ways. Then of course, there is their staunch defense, which is top five in a number of major categories (rushing, passing, scoring defense).

Florida State will travel to Raleigh to take on the 3-2 N.C. State Wolfpack this weekend. The Noles have a very clear shot at the ACC Title, with the Wolfpack and the Terps standing in their way as they head towards a December ACC Championship date in Charlotte.

The only question is, are they ready for more?

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