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FSU's Best Scheduling Options for 2012

Now that the Champs Sports Bowl is over, attention naturally turns to next season and preparing for it. We already know a lot about FSU's schedule for next season, as it stands right now FSU will be one of two teams in the country that is scheduled to play three of this year's BCS participants. FSU's OOC games are against Murray State, West Virginia (assuming they don't back out), USF, and at UF. For conference games the breakdown is as follows:

* ACC home games: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest

* ACC road games: Maryland, Miami, NC State, Virginia Tech

Right now the schedule looks like this:

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2012 Florida State Seminoles Football Schedule
**TENTATIVE**
Date Opponent

Saturday
09/01/12
Racers Murray State Racers
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
09/08/12
Mountaineers West Virginia Mountaineers
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
09/15/12
--- TBA

Saturday
09/22/12
--- TBA

Saturday
09/29/12
>Bulls at USF Bulls
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL


Saturday
10/06/12
--- TBA

Saturday
10/13/12
--- TBA

Saturday
10/20/12
--- TBA

Saturday
10/27/12
--- TBA

Saturday
11/03/12
--- TBA

Saturday
11/10/12
--- TBA

Saturday
11/17/12
--- TBA

Saturday
11/24/12
Gators Florida Gators
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
12/01/12
ACC ACC Championship Game
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC


So the question becomes how does the ACC fill in the nine open dates with the eight conference games to best serve the interests of FSU and the conference for TV interest, Conference hype and ACC-brand building.

Here is my suggested schedule:

SUGGESTED 2012 Florida State Seminoles Football Schedule
Date Opponent

Saturday
09/01/12
Racers Murray State Racers
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
09/08/12
Mountaineers West Virginia Mountaineers
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
09/15/12
Terrapins Maryland Terrapins
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD


Saturday
09/22/12
Deacons Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
09/29/12
Bulls at USF Bulls
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL


Saturday
10/06/12
Canes Miami Hurricanes
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL


Saturday
10/13/12

BYE

Saturday
10/20/12
Hokies Virginia Tech Hokies
Lane Stadium, Blacksburg,VA


Saturday
10/27/12
Eagles Boston College Eagles
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
11/03/12
Wolfpack NC State Wolfpack
Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC


Saturday
11/10/12
Tigers Clemson Tigers
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
11/17/12
Blue Devils Duke Blue Devils
Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC


Saturday
11/24/12
Gators Florida Gators
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL


Saturday
12/01/12
ACC ACC Championship Game
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
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This would allow for several things:

1) FSU would have their easiest road game the week after West Virginia. Although it is tempting to have another home game after WV, getting a road game out of the way that week will allow for a more balanced schedule later.

2) Bye week between what should be the two toughest road games (Miami and Virginia Tech). This would also allow the ACC to possibly schedule the Virginia Tech game on a Thursday night, giving FSU and the ACC some great exposure for a very high-profile conference match-up (possibly with two undefeated top ten teams).

3) Allows the two most important Atlantic Division match-ups (and potential ratings blockbusters) to be played in November, when the division should be decided in late season games against NC State and Clemson.

4) While you can't have a bye the week before carrying the conference banner against the SEC in the season ending game vs. UF, you can do the next best thing by scheduling Duke that week.

As usual though I would expect the ACC to totally screw this up and wouldn't be surprised to see Miami, Clemson, NC State and Virginia Tech all back to back starting the week after West Virginia.

Would love to hear other thoughts on the schedule.

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