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The Early Read: Taking a Look at the Schedule

Florida State will have a two-a-day today, I'll be checking out the first workout this morning and we'll get a shot to talk to Jimbo Fisher afterwards. I'll be interested to to hear about his plans for Wednesday's closed scrimmage.

In the meantime, let's take a look at the schedule for Florida State this season. There's been plenty of talk about how the schedule sets up nicely for the Seminoles and that's true for the most part. West Virginia opted out of what would have been the other marquee out of conference game (UF is being the annual one) because it wouldn't have fit into a prospective Big 12 schedule and the school was in the midst of jumping conferences. 

That left the Seminoles scrambling to find a suitable replacement after the majority of the scheduling had been done, the result is a couple of non FBS beaters to start off the season. It also makes for a much cushier schedule.

Another nice aspect is Florida State has seven home games to just five road trips. 

Florida State doesn't leave the state of Florida until October, when they head to Raleigh to square off with NC State in their sixth game of the season. They only leave the state twice more after that with road games to USF in Tampa and Miami accounting for the other two road dates.

Degree of difficulty is also favorable, in addition to the two non-FBS schools to open with, Florida State doesn't face its first true challenge until week four when the 14th ranked Clemson Tigers come to Tallahassee.

The following week the Seminoles travel to Tampa to face off with the Bulls at Raymond James. FSU won't likely face a tough test again until 10/20 when the University of Miami hosts the Seminoles.

Florida State's toughest game will be a Thursday night road trip to Blacksburg to face the Virginia Tech Hokies. Va Tech is brutal at night up in Lane Stadium, and they are even tougher on Thursday nights. When Vegas made odds for the season, this was the only game the Seminoles weren't favored in. Unfortunately for Florida State if they trip up in this one it's likely too late to try and rebound too, being as it comes the second weekend in November.

Florida State finishes the season hosting UF in what is always a hotly contested game. 

There are really three tough games to circle in Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech, but otherwise this schedule really does set the 'Noles up well to challenge for a BCS title if they can handle their business. 

Whether or not they actually can manage that is another story entirely though...

Sept. 1 MURRAY STATE (Hall of Fame/Varsity Weekend)
Sept. 8 SAVANNAH STATE (Youth Day)
Sept. 15 WAKE FOREST (Military Appreciation)
Sept. 22 CLEMSON
Sept. 29 at South Florida
Oct. 6 at NC State
Oct. 13 BOSTON COLLEGE (Parents Weekend)
Oct. 20 at Miami
Oct. 27 DUKE (Homecoming)
Nov. 3 OPEN
Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech (Thursday)
Nov. 17 at Maryland





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