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Ranking FSU's Toughest Games In 2016

Which games are going to be the hardest for Florida State, and which games should they walk through?

12. Charleston Southern

It's no surprise that this is the easiest game on the Seminoles schedule. The Seminoles should have very little trouble with the Buccaneers as they recover from a short week after the Ole Miss game.

11. Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons have struggled to do much of anything against the Seminoles for the last three years, and I wouldn't expect that to change in 2016. Last year their only ACC win came against an injury depleted Boston College team.

10. Boston College

The Eagles should be better than last year, which shouldn't be that hard since they finished the year 0-8 in the ACC. They had a lot of injury trouble, especially at quarterback, but their defense was one of the best in the country. They lost their defensive coordinator, but with the offense being better they should be a little better overall.

9. Syracuse 

The Orange will be outmatched at every position against the Seminoles. The game is at Syracuse, but the overall difference in talent will be to much for the Orange to overcome.

8. South Florida

The Bulls get the Seminoles at home, and are always looking to upset one of the "Big Three" in state teams. Their offense struggled to get anything going against the Florida State defense last year, and that should be the case this year.

7. NC State

Florida State usually has trouble at Carter-Finley stadium, but at least the game isn't on a Thursday night. NC State is replacing Jacoby Brissett, which will make it easier for the Seminoles, but Florida State will be coming off a very hard fought game against Clemson. This is a prime letdown spot. 

6. Florida

It speaks to how tough Florida State's schedule is that Florida is all the way down a six on the list. The Gators offense is still going to struggle, and the defense should take a step back this year. Any injuries to either of the fronts are going to be hard to deal with due to a lack of depth. The Seminoles also get the Gators at home.

5. North Carolina

North Carolina also comes to Tallahassee, and they're replacing their quarterback as well. The Tar Heels do return a much improved defense, and one of the Top-3 running backs in the ACC in Elijah Hood. The projected starter at quarterback for North Carolina, Mitch Trubisky, has very high expectations. This will be a tough early test for the Seminoles.

4. Miami

It will be interesting to see if Mark Richt can turn the Hurricanes around, but it will likely take a couple years with the lack of talent and depth on both sides of the line. Brad Kaaya and the skill players are both going to be very good for Miami this year, and they get the Seminoles in Miami.

3. Louisville

The first true road test of the Seminoles of the season. Louisville returns a good portion of a stellar defense including DeVonte Fields who finished last season with 22.5 tackles for loss. They also return Lamar Jackson, and still have Bobby Petrino running the offense.

2. Ole Miss

A very tough opening game for a young team. It could be redshirt freshman Deondre Francois' first start as a Seminole. Ole Miss lost their Top-3 players from last years team, all of whom went inside the Top-25 picks of the NFL Draft, but have recruited very well since Hugh Freeze took over. The game is in Orlando so it should be a majority of garnet and gold in the stands. 

1. Clemson

This game has decided the ACC Atlantic every year since Jimbo Fisher came to Florida State. This year it may decide which team goes to the playoff. Both teams are ranked inside the Top-5 of nearly every preseason poll out so far. Nearly all of the outstanding Clemson offense returns, but they did lose a lot of players from one of the best defenses in the country. The game is in Tallahassee and later in the season, which gives the Seminoles extra time to break a new quarterback in.


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