Sept. 1, Murray State, 6 p.m., ESPN3.com
The Buzz: FSU opens the season with an FCS team that went 7-4 last season. The Racers are expected to compete for the Ohio Valley Conference title this season under third-year coach Chris Hatcher.
The Buzz: The Seminoles were originally to play West Virginia in a highly anticipated early-season showdown between a pair of top-15 teams. However, due to the Mountaineers’ move to the Big 12 Conference, West Virginia had to cancel the game. FSU eventually signed an agreement to play Savannah State.
Sept. 15, Wake Forest, Noon, TBA
The Buzz: FSU’s ACC schedule opens with a home game against a team that has given the Seminoles fits in recent years. The Demon Deacons have won four of the last six series meetings, including last year’s contest.
Sept. 22, Clemson, TBA
The Buzz: Doak Campbell Stadium will host its fourth game in four weeks when Clemson travels to Tallahassee looking for a repeat of last year’s five-point win in “Death Valley.” This game could help decide the ACC’s Atlantic Division race.
Sept. 29, At USF, TBA
The Buzz: For the first time this season, FSU hits the road. The Seminoles are hoping to earn their first series win over USF. In 2009, the Bulls beat FSU 17-7 in Tallahassee.
Oct. 6, At North Carolina State, TBA
The Buzz: This season could be nicknamed FSU’s “Redemption Tour.” The Seminoles are hoping to earn their first win at N.C. State since 2008. Last year, the Wolfpack rolled to a 34-0 win over FSU.
Oct. 13, Boston College, TBA
The Buzz: The Seminoles return home to face a team that enters the season as one of the worst in the ACC. The Eagles amassed just four wins last season and lost the only two they played against Top 25 teams.
Oct. 20, At Miami, TBA
The Buzz: These bitter in-state ACC rivals face one another for the first time after last year’s close contest in Tallahassee. The final two minutes featured an FSU ejection, a Miami touchdown and an onside kick recovery were part of the drama of the last two minutes alone. The rivalry has not lost its luster.
Oct. 27, Duke, TBA
The Buzz: It’s FSU’s final game before the mid-season bye week. With the Blue Devils continuing to struggle, the Seminoles could be 9-0 or 8-1 as they head into the bye.
Nov. 8, At Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
The Buzz: Arguably the game of the year for the Seminoles, this Thursday night showdown could give a clear indication which team is the best in the ACC. Most also believe it will serve as a regular season sneak peek at the ACC title game.
Nov. 17, At Maryland, TBA
The Buzz: FSU’s conference schedule ends in College Park, Md. The Seminoles should be in a position to dominate the rebuilding Terrapins, who enter the season without the services of quarterbacks Danny O’Brien and C.J. Brown.
Nov. 23, Florida, TBA
The Buzz: Fans attending this year’s ’Noles-Gators classic are hoping the teams found their offenses this season. Last year’s game in The Swamp was ugly, as interceptions, concussions and just flat-out poor offensive play defined it. Despite earning a 21-7 win, the Seminoles amassed just 95 yards of total offense in the game.
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