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There's no more hiding behind, "It's still early, it's only Week [whatever]" when defending the start to Florida State football's disastrous 2018-19 season.

When you're a program of Florida State's caliber, there's simply no excuse for having the same odds as Florida International to win the College Football Playoff.

Sorry Seminole fans, but if I were you, I'd be worried about the current state of the program. What's quickly turning into a full two-season slide from national prominence, this has become a future worry on a larger scale now.

And it may be here to stay, when you see how their in-state competition has been performing in the meantime.

Sure, FSU played Miami tight in their last game, but one-point loss or not, the result pushed the Noles to an irrelevant 3-3 record through their first six weeks. There's no shame in trailing another storied, Power-Five program like Florida as that's bound to happen every so often.

But falling behind the national-competition eight ball to programs like UCF and FAU (and most likely a No. 21 and undefeated USF team, if the odds were available) is call for serious concern.

Perhaps the most concerning part of FSU's bleak future is their remaining schedule and the level of competition they'll have to overcome to even make a bowl game this season. The Seminoles still have to face No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Notre Dame on the road, No. 11 Florida and No. 16 NC State on the road this season.

That's a gauntlet to run through, even for a good college football team.

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