What are the toughest games on the Florida State football schedule? Ranked from easiest to hardest, here are how important each of the Seminoles’ games are.
How will the Florida State Seminoles’ football schedule play out this year? The Seminoles are good enough to reach the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years, but will the schedule work out?
12. Sept. 10 vs. Charleston Southern
The Buccaneers are coming off a terrific 2015, going 10-3 with a trip into the FCS playoffs. But reality kicked in hard when they had to go against the FBS teams getting blown away by Troy and Alabama. This comes just five games after the Ole Miss opener, but the Seminoles won’t have to breathe too hard.
11. Oct. 15 vs. Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons gave the Noles a rough time last year in a 24-16 FSU win. Wake Forest is better this time around, but FSU has to blow through this game without a problem. The only issue is that it’s at the end of a run of seven straight games and comes just before the week off to prepare for Clemson.
10. Sept. 24 vs. South Florida
The Bulls and Seminoles have only faced off three times, starting off with a stunning 17-7 USF win in 2009 and followed up with two FSU wins each of the last two seasons. Coming off the road game at Louisville, and just before the home date with North Carolina, the Noles have to get up for the sandwich.
9. Nov. 11 vs. Boston College
The Eagles lost 14-0 last year, but they gave FSU a battle in the defensive slugfest. The Noles have won six straight in the series going back to 2009, and while this might be a little funky coming on a Friday night after playing at NC State, this shouldn’t be too bad if the offense gets on the board early on.
8. Nov. 19 at Syracuse
The one big positive is the extra day off. The Seminoles play Boston College on Friday the week before, but they need to be prepared for a wild and crazy environment in the Carrier Dome. FSU has won eight in a row with Syracuse’s only victory in the series coming in 1966.
7. Oct. 1 vs. North Carolina
It’s a nice home oasis coming in between a run of three road games in four weeks, and coming in between trips to South Florida and Miami. Considering what else the Tar Heels have to deal with, FSU football can deliver an early knockout blow to the defending Coastal champs’ title hopes.
6. Nov. 5 at NC State
The Wolfpack gave the Noles problems at times over the years, but they’ve lost the last three in the series including a 34-17 fight last season. Coming off the Clemson game, Florida State will either be fired up after a key win, or needing to potentially save the season on the road. There can’t be a letdown on the road.
5. Nov. 26 vs. Florida
With three straight wins in the series, FSU has a chance to keep the momentum going at home. The Gators should be more than ready after a scrimmage against Presbyterian the week before. There’s almost never a big upset in this rivalry, and the Noles should be better at home.
4. Sept. 5 vs. Ole Miss (in Orlando)
The two schools met once before, a 33-0 Rebel win in 1961. The stakes are bit higher to open up the 2016 season with a primetime Monday night game with the sports world watching. It’s a neutral site game in Orlando, but it’s supposed to be an FSU crowd. No matter what, this is a national statement moment for both programs.
3. Oct. 8 at Miami
The rivalry that used to shake the world has been a bit of a whimper lately, with FSU winning six straight. This year, the Canes are coming off a road game at Georgia Tech, but they should be 4-0 with a shot at cranking up the Mark Richt era.
2. Sept. 17 at Louisville
The Cardinals pulled off a 26-20 thriller at home in 2012, but Florida State is 13-1 all-time in the series. This is the one Louisville must have; lose this, and forget about any ACC Atlantic title hopes. Win, and the Fighting Petrinos should be 4-0 going into Clemson week. If the Noles win, they’ve got the ACC right there for the taking thanks to the home date …
1. Oct. 29 vs. Clemson
Louisville might have something to say about this when all is said and done, but this could and should be the ACC championship. Florida State won three straight before last year’s loss in Death Valley. Clemson’s last win in Tallahassee was 2006, and with both teams getting a week off to rest up and prepare, the hype should be pumped up to a whole other level.