It’s been a long offseason for the folks in Tallahassee.

Literally.

The offseason was longer this year since last year’s squad failed to extend the school’s 36-year bowl streak last year. You know, the same streak that was an all-time NCAA record.

That’s pretty much been the headline from coach Willie Taggart’s first year in charge at Florida State. Well, that and a smattering of stats that would suggest the Seminoles were not very good last year, at least on offense.

Florida State’s fall from grace has left the program unranked in the Associated Press preseason poll for only the second time since 1982. The other absence came in 2008.

Last year, Florida State started No. 19. Before that, the Seminoles found themselves ranked No. 11 or higher in every preseason AP poll from 2011-2017.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Seminoles' time on the outside looking in could be short-lived.

When Florida State hosts Boise State at 11 a.m. Central Time on Saturday, the Seminoles could very well be playing for a spot in the next edition of the AP poll.

The Broncos’ 33 points in the current poll make them the unofficial No. 33, so a win over Boise State should earn Florida State a not-insignificant amount of respect.

That probably seems wonky, but both South Carolina and Florida made their first appearances in the AP poll last season in the second edition after beating up on Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern, respectively.

In 2017, Notre Dame and TCU opened with victories over Temple and Jackson State. In 2016, Miami trounced Florida A&M in the Hurricanes’ opener. All three teams found their way into the rankings for week two.

Still, winning enough support to leap into the second poll of the season is probably a bit far-fetched unless Florida State’s victory is so thorough that voters have no choice.

Regardless of the result, the Seminoles should be favored to take care of business when Louisianna Monroe visits on Sept. 7. For perspective, the Warhawks have only won 14 games in the last three years.

A 2-0 start to the season would probably make it difficult for voters to leave a program with Florida State’s history off their ballot.

Oklahoma State’s season-opening victory over Missouri State wasn’t enough to get the Pokes ranked for week two. Then they beat South Alabama and suddenly Oklahoma State is a team worth ranking in week three.

A win over the Broncos would seem much more respectable than either of those victories.

Now for one more hard truth. Every single one of those teams listed had something Florida State doesn’t: all five of them received votes in the preseason AP poll.

The victories might not have been impressive, but those teams just needed to wait out the ones above them to find spots in the top 25.

Still, Florida State has been ranked in the AP Poll at least once every season since 1976, and that’s one streak that seems safe if the Seminoles can take care of business against Boise State.

“It gives you a lot of momentum as you go into the season,” Taggart said of winning the first game of the season. “And I think it, not only momentum, it gives you confidence as a football team to go out and win a game to start off especially after going through a whole offseason.”