Florida State Seminoles Football Schedule 2011

Here is the Florida State football schedule for 2011.  Who is on the FSU football schedule?  When will the Seminoles play the Miami Hurricanes in Doak Campbell stadium?  The Florida State Seminoles 2011 football schedule. Have a look. 

Date Opponent
Sat. 09/03/11 Louisiana Monroe
Sat. 09/10/11 Charleston So. (D1-AA)
Sat. 09/17/11 Oklahoma
Sat. 09/24/11 at Clemson
Sat. 10/01/11 OPEN
Sat. 10/08/11 at Wake Forest
Sat. 10/15/11 at Duke
Sat. 10/22/11 Maryland
Sat. 10/29/11 NC State
Thu. 11/03/11 at Boston College
Sat. 11/12/11 Miami
Sat. 11/19/11 Virginia
Sat. 11/26/11 at Florida
Sat. 12/03/11 ACC Championship

Florida State starts off hosting on September 3rd against Louisiana Monroe.  FSU will raise the Division Champs banner from last season. Louisiana Monroe will likely be in the bottom 30 of the 120 D1 teams. FSU's six or seven new starters will get to experience game day as a starter. FSU will be at least a four-touchdown favorite

Then the 'Noles host Charleston Southern on September 10th. Charleston Southern is a 1-AA school (not division two), and an average one at that. If you can find a casino posting a betting line on this game, it will likely be more than five touchdowns. The goal here will be to play many young players and pull the starters as quickly as possible, to avoid injury and keep them fresh, because…

The Oklahoma Sooners come to Tallahassee on September 17th.  The Sooners are the consensus #1 team in the country and held a 40-point lead in last year's game against the 'Noles in Norman. This will be a major test for FSU, and keeping it close would be an enormous improvement over last season's result. The Sooners figure to be favored, but not by double digits. The last time FSU beat a team ranked #1 was 1996 (Florida).

In a ridiculous scheduling failure by the ACC, the conference will send its marquee program on the road to face the Clemson Tigers on September 24th.  This decision is beyond terrible. I would love to see Michael Kelly explain this decision. Whether FSU wins or loses the Oklahoma game, the 'Noles will still be in a classic let-down/come-down situation and will be physically beat up. Clemson probably should have beaten FSU this year and this game will be a tossup. I'm not sure who will be favored, but the line will be close either way as Clemson is still loaded with talent and made some major coaching upgrades this off-season. FSU hasn't won at Clemson in a decade, and this game will likely determine the Atlantic Division.

Florida State then makes trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina on October 8th to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. FSU treated this game as a scrimmage last season, and still rolled to an easy victory. Wake Forest should be a better test than Louisiana Monroe, and this is a road game, but FSU will still be heavily favored over the smallest school in the BCS, and should look to work its young players into the game heavily to reduce chance of injury to its starters FSU then travels to Durham, North Carolina on October 15th to face the Duke Blue Devils. While slightly better than Wake Forest, Duke is not a very good football team and its only hope of keeping the game close against FSU will be a lack of motivation from the 'Noles. That is possible, of course, as it is hard to get motivated for a game against Duke, particularly after seeing how small and slow they are on film throughout the week. FSU should be big favorites here and should look to work its young players into the game heavily to reduce chance of injury to its starters.

After not playing a game in Tallahassee for 36 days, FSU finally returns home to face the Maryland Terrapins on October 22nd.  Maryland was a surprise team last year, almost winning the division, and has a talented quarterback in Danny O'Brien. But the Terps went through a tumultuous off-season. FSU will be favored by something in the teens.

FSU then hosts N.C. State on October 30th.  Will it be trick or treat for the Wolfpack? Will the 'Pack have star QB Russel Wilson? FSU lost to the 'Pack last season in a thriller in Raleigh. Looking to return the favor, FSU will likely be a favorite of one to two touchdowns.

It'll be a quick turnaround in another brain-dead decision by the ACC schedule-makers, as they send Florida State to play the Boston College Eagles on Thursday, November 3rd.  Playing a road game on four-days rest is a recipe for disaster and this is clearly the ACC sticking it to FSU for refusing to open with Miami on Labor Day. The war between the ACC and FSU is on. Why increase the chance for your marquee program to incur a loss on national TV? BC always plays FSU very tough, with their great defense and disciplined approach. BC's offense will still be a question. FSU should be a favorite of less than a touchdown in what is slightly more than a tossup game in Chestnut Hill.

Playing on a Thursday, however, means two days of extra rest for the next opponent. And that next opponent just happens to be the Miami Hurricanes, who travel to Tallahassee on November 12th. I am not sure when the last time FSU played Miami this late in the year. FSU crushed the 'Canes 45-17 last season, but Miami figures to be considerably better now that they are rid of Randy Shannon. Still, FSU figures to be the better team and at this very early juncture, FSU will likely be a favorite of between one and two touchdowns.

Florida State then hosts the Virginia Cavaliers on November 19th.  This is a conference game FSU must have, but at the same time, FSU's focus will be on next week's game against the Florida Gators. Virginia was in the bottom 40 of the 120 last year, and should improve some this season. I would expect FSU to be a favorite of more than three touchdowns.

FSU caps the regular season with a trip to Gainesville on November 26th to face the Florida Gators. Florida State beat UF to complete the state title last season. The Gators are still incredibly talented thanks to Urban Meyer, and should be much improved thanks to something that was missing last year-- a coaching staff giving 100% effort. This game is a tossup and the line will likely reflect that, not leaning too heavily in either direction.

FSU closes its season with a likely trip to Charlotte on December 3rd for the ACC Championship game.

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