2014 Florida State Football Schedule Released

The ACC released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday. We take a look at the schedule and its implications for the Seminoles' title defense.

The ACC has released Florida State's 2014 football schedule. The schedule is definitely more exciting than the mediocre slate the Seminoles dominated on their way to the 2013 BCS National Championship, especially the home schedule. That said, the schedule still stacks up extremely well for a repeat run.

Aug. 30: Oklahoma State (in Dallas)
Sept. 6: Citadel
Sept. 13: BYE
Sept. 20: Clemson
Sept. 27: @ N.C. State
Oct. 4: Wake Forest
Oct. 11: @ Syracuse
Oct. 18: Notre Dame
Oct. 25: BYE
Oct. 30: @ Louisville (Thursday night game)
Nov. 8: Virginia
Nov. 15: @ Miami
Nov. 22: Boston College
Nov. 29: Florida


FSU has a bye before each of what most see as their biggest division matchups against Clemson and Louisville. Clemson has also lost quite a bit from the 2014 offense (Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, and more), meaning the early matchup should favor the more experienced Seminoles.

Louisville is a Thursday night game on the road, but the struggles of favorites in these situations are typically caused by the short week in such scenarios, so the bye before that game is helpful.

The Noles play at Syracuse the week before Notre Dame, which should be helpful, as that game is unlikely to be especially close, giving FSU the chance to come into the Notre Dame game fresh.

There are two concerns on the schedule to my eye: NC State on the road immediately following the Clemson game could be a little bit of a trap, especially now that Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett will be running that offense. NC State has enough talent on the lines to be dangerous in this scenario in what will most likely be a night game in Raleigh.

The other potential problem is the positioning of a very well-coached and improving Boston College team between the Miami road game and the season-ending tilt against a Florida team sure to be improved over its 2013 version. Boston College also comes off a bye for that game, making it that much more dangerous.

The Gators are sure to have a patsy scheduled for the week before FSU, so having Miami and BC before that game will be a disadvantage for the Seminoles against a team that remains talented enough to compete with FSU.

Nevertheless, this is not a schedule with a whole lot to complain about. Florida and Notre Dame look like the biggest challenges, with the rest of the schedule being quite manageable.

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