Florida State has the tough task of replacing a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, but that job got just a little bit easier thanks to the first month of the 2015 season.
Home vs. Texas St.
Home vs. USF
At Boston College
This will allow the Florida State coaching staff a little extra time to prepare their new quarterback, offensive line, and defense in actual game situations. Playing a physical Boston College team in Boston on just six days rest isn’t ideal, but with Texas State and South Florida ahead on the schedule the coaches should have plenty of time to prepare for the fighting Addazio’s.
Unfortunately Florida State has to pay the piper for the easy first month with a brutal stretch in October.
At Wake Forest
Home vs. Miami
Home vs. Louisville
At Georgia Tech
Home vs. Syracuse
The three game stretch of Miami, Louisville, and Georgia Tech will tell us just how good this Florida State team is and a 2-1 or better record would be a win for the Seminoles. Fortunately, Florida State gets the first two of the three games at home before making the trip to Atlanta. Miami is losing quite a bit of talent, but as the Hurricanes showed last year, this game is their Super Bowl and they will put it all on the line. Louisville will come in with one of the best defenses in the country and if their quarterback play is better than last year they will be a very dangerous team. Georgia Tech took last year’s team down to the wire in the ACC Championship game last season and standout quarterback Justin Thomas returns for the Jackets. Again Florida State will have just a week to prepare for the option, and this time the offense may not be there to bail out the defense.
The beginning of November picks up right where October left off, but then gets significantly easier before Florida State travels to rival Florida in the final game of the season.
Home vs. NC State
Home vs. UT Chattanooga
Clemson and Florida are the two tough games in November with two fairly easy games in between. Clemson is likely going to be the best team on Florida State’s schedule. Deshaun Watson, if healthy, is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and he has plenty of offensive weapons around him. The Clemson defense, which is losing a ton of talent, is still expected to be very good under defensive coordinator Brent Venebles. Add in playing a likely night game in Death Valley and it’s a tough situation for the Seminoles to walk into.
Florida State has had trouble with NC State in the past, but the Seminoles aren’t traveling to Raleigh on a Thursday night. At Florida is the one unknown on the schedule with first year coach Jim McElwain. The Gators don’t have a set quarterback, lack weapons on offense, and a serious lack of depth on the offensive line. However, there is still plenty of talent on defense to make that game a nail biter.
In all, this schedule sets up fairly well for the Seminoles, but there are some major roadblocks they will have to overcome. Winning at Georgia Tech and Clemson are going to be very tough tasks, but if Florida State can win one of those two it could position itself for another ACC Championship run.