Seminoles' early schedule mirrors Clemson's, ahead of Sept. 20 showdown

FSU opens with Oklahoma State at Arlington, plays Citadel at home, then has open date to prepare for Tigers

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Like Clemson, defending national champion Florida State has its early-season work cut out for it.

On the heels of the third title in program history, the Seminoles will go from playing Auburn in the Rose Bowl to opening the new season at the lavish AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas against Oklahoma State on Aug. 30.

The Cowboys are coming off a strong 10-3 season in 2013 that featured a trip to the Cotton Bowl.

FSU will then make its first home appearance as defending champs against The Citadel as part of youth and band day at Doak Campbell Stadium before a well-timed bye a week in advance of a Sept. 20 showdown against Clemson in Tallahassee.

A year ago, the Seminoles benefitted from having an extra week to prepare for the Tigers, and the same formula is in place again in 2014 for a tilt with major ACC Atlantic Division implications.

Following back-to-back-to-back weeks at NC State, at home against Wake Forest for Parent's Weekend and then on the road at Syracuse, another marquee matchup will take place on Bobby Bowden Field when Florida State welcomes Notre Dame to town Oct. 18.

The Seminoles and Fighting Irish will be renewing a rivalry that will extend to its eighth game. FSU has won the last two meetings between the two, with the most recent being an 18-14 triumph in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.

Notre Dame is expected to have standout quarterback Everett Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 record a spot in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, back under center in 2014 after he missed all of last season.

Again, a bye Oct. 25 awaits the Seminoles, who will have extra time to prepare for a Thursday game in front of the nation at new league member Louisville Oct. 30.

FSU then returns home to host Virginia Nov. 8 for homecoming before clashing with rival Miami at Sun Life Stadium Nov. 15.

The Noles have the luxury of closing out the 2014 regular season with consecutive home games against Boston College (Nov. 22) for Military Day and then rival Florida (Nov. 29), which figures to be much better this year after an injury-riddled 4-8 2013 season.

Of FSU's 11 FBS opponents in 2014, seven played in bowl games a season ago.

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fasttiger44#293363 writes:

Does the school or conference schedule the games? If the conference is doing the scheduling it is clearly favoring FSU with bye weeks before Clemson and Louisville. If the school does it's own schedule, then they are smart by taking a week off before playing their toughest game...maybe their toughest game should I say.

KerryCapps writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

Does the school or conference schedule the games? If the conference is doing the scheduling it is clearly favoring FSU with bye weeks before Clemson and Louisville. If the school does it's own schedule, then they are smart by taking a week off before playing their toughest game...maybe their toughest game should I say.

The ACC sets the schedule.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

To Kerry Capps: I thought the conference did the scheduling. It seems as though they would make it as fair as they possibly could be either neither team getting a day off or both getting a day off. Doesn't that seem fair to do it like that? With possible the best team in the nation on your schedule and a road game to boot, giving FSU the week off makes it a lot harder for Clemson to go down there and beat them. At least that's in theory and this time theory may look a lot like reality. With our talent and a pretty much flawless game, we can beat them in Tallahassee. I've seen us do it before when nobody thought we had much of a chance.

KerryCapps writes:

This season both teams have a week off before their game. Last season that was not the case - FSU had an off-week while Clemson played BC. In the case of this year's game, my biggest problem is in playing the game to kick off the conference season. Knowing that FSU and Clemson are probably going to be the best teams in the league, why not schedule the game later in the season?

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

in response to KerryCapps:

This season both teams have a week off before their game. Last season that was not the case - FSU had an off-week while Clemson played BC. In the case of this year's game, my biggest problem is in playing the game to kick off the conference season. Knowing that FSU and Clemson are probably going to be the best teams in the league, why not schedule the game later in the season?

Yes, the FSU and Clemson game probably should be the last conference game on both schools schedule. Should both teams be fortunate enough to be say 8 and 0 when they played it would garner so much national attention it would do wonders for the schools and the conference. It does seem as though not too much thought went in this scheduling snafu, at least in my opinion.

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