Florida State Seminoles: Schedule

Breaking down FSU's '13 schedule

February, 25, 2013
At long last, Florida State has an official schedule for the 2013 season, and while it's not one likely to stir a ton of excitement among the fan base, it does give the Seminoles a quick introduction to the new-look ACC. Here are a few key aspects of FSU's 2013 slate.

Grand opening: Florida State will kick off its season with a road trip to Pittsburgh, one of two new members of the ACC. The Seminoles have never played at Pitt, and with the timing -- a Labor Day weekend game -- it should make for an intriguing road trip for fans eager to get a look at the new blood in the conference. The game is already slated for prime time on ESPN.

The other new face: While newcomer Pittsburgh helps Florida State kick off its conference slate in Week 1 this year, the other ACC rookie, Syracuse, will provide the coda. The Orange travel to Tallahassee on Nov. 16, the final conference game of the year for FSU.

Home game blues: Rival Miami comes to Doak Campbell Stadium on Nov. 2, providing the marquee home game of 2013 for the Seminoles. Thanks to a lackluster non-conference slate and road dates against its two biggest foes -- Florida and Clemson -- FSU may have a tough time getting fans excited about the teams headed to Tallahassee. On the upside, however, FSU has just two September home games after trying to convince fans to visit Tallahassee for four straight weekends to start the season in 2012.

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FSU's 2013 ACC opponents announced

January, 11, 2013
The ACC released its scheduled matchups for the 2013 schedule Friday, and Florida State's already uninspired home slate doesn't appear to have gotten much better, but the Seminoles will see both of the conference's newcomers in their first year in the league.

While dates for the games have yet to be set, the Seminoles now know who they'll play, including a home slate that will be highlighted by in-state rival Miami and one of the conference's new additions, Syracuse.

The remaining home games will be against Maryland and NC State, to go with non-conference opponents Wofford, Nevada and Idaho. Of those teams, only Syracuse won more than seven games in 2012 in FBS play.

Florida State's top two games in 2013 -- against Clemson and Florida -- will come on the road, where the Seminoles will also face Boston College, Wake Forest and another ACC newcomer in Pittsburgh.

The schedule shakeups were a result of league expansion and the midseason reversal of an initial plan that would have called for nine conference games per season.

The move back to eight games means Florida State won't get Virginia Tech on its schedule after traveling to Blacksburg, Va. to play the Hokies in one of 2012's biggest games.

More changes figure to be in store for 2014, as Louisville replaces Maryland, and Notre Dame begins playing five games per year against ACC foes.


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