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'Noles News: The ideal 2014 Florida State football schedule

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The 2014 Florida State football schedule comes out Thursday afternoon. We know it consists of conference road games at NCSU, Miami, Louisville and Syracuse, home games against BC, Clemson, Virginia and Wake. Also, FSU hosts Notre Dame and UF, while playing Oklahoma State at a neutral site.

The certain items on the schedule that are apparently locked in are as follows:

Aug. 30 - Okla St. (Dallas)
Sept. 6 - Citadel
Sept. 13 --
Sept. 20 -
Sept. 27 --
Oct. 4 --
Oct. 11 -
Oct. 18 - Notre Dame
Oct. 25 -
Nov. 1 --
Nov. 8 --
Nov. 15
Nov. 22
Nov. 29 UF

But what would the perfect schedule look like? How would you slot the bye weeks? Where would you put the two bye weeks? Would you play a Thursday night game?

Our FSU Ed put together his ideal schedule, and it looks pretty darn good.

Aug. 30 - Okla St.
Sept. 6 - Citadel
Sept. 13 -- @ NCSU
Sept. 20 - BC
Sept. 27 -- @Louisville
Oct. 4 -- Clemson
Oct. 11 - off
Oct. 18 - Notre Dame
Oct. 25 - @Syracuse
Nov. 1 -- UVA
Nov. 8 -- @Miami
Nov. 15 Wake
Nov. 22 off
Nov. 29 UF

However, I don't think there is any way the conference would do it. For one, FSU's projected four toughest opponents in division (sorry, Syracuse and Wake) would be dispatched within the first six weeks of the season. That's great for FSU purposes, because those teams all lost a lot to graduation, but I don't see any way that the ACC would want to rob the division race of all drama that early (I use "drama" loosely, as I know the division comes down to FSU v. Clemson, but still).

The bye week before Notre Dame is very nice, as the Irish might be the toughest opponent the Seminoles face, and the Virginia home game before Miami, with Wake at home after, is also nice. And the bye week before Florida is great.

What would your ideal schedule be? Let's discuss in the comments.


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