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Florida State football schedule 2014: Seminoles have great home slate

FSU faces a great slate in 2014. Let's break it down.

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State's football schedule is out a bit earlier than expected.

Aug. 30 - Okla St. (Dallas)

Oklahoma State had 10 players named to the 1st, 2nd or honorable mention All-Big XII team. All of them have graduated or declared for the NFL draft. This game is perfect for Florida State, as the Cowboys will continue to get a lot better later on in the year and the win will look better as the season goes on.

Sept. 6 -- Citadel

Home opener. As a rule, playing one D1-AA (FCS) team is OK, while playing two is generally a very bad idea as it provides an easy sound bite for talking heads, which could influence the playoff committee.

Sept. 13 -- bye

Resting up for Clemson.

Sept. 20 - Clemson

Clemson is likely Florida State's toughest test in the ACC for 2014, and the winner of the game has won the Atlantic Division for the last four seasons. Getting Clemson early is a big deal, as it loses a ton on offense and probably won't have it together in Week 4 of the season.

Sept. 27 -- at N.C. State

N.C. State could be improved thanks to transfer quarterback Jacoby Brissett becoming eligible.

Oct. 4 -- Wake Forest

Wake Forest does not have the athletes to compete with FSU. A new head coach won't do much to change that.

Oct. 11 -- at Syracuse

While this game is played in a dome, the early date is nicer for FSU fans who want to visit Syracuse.

Oct. 18 -- Notre Dame

A classic matchup made possible by the new ACC-Notre Dame scheduling arrangement. This might be FSU's toughest test.

Oct. 25 -- Bye

The ACC seems to be done with the short rest Thursday night games.

Oct. 30 -- at Louisville

A loss more than a decade ago on a rainy Thursday Night in Louisville signaled the end of the Dynasty and the beginning of the Lost Decade.

Nov. 8 -- Virginia

Virginia should be improved somewhat, but this is still a nice respite between Louisville and Miami.

Nov. 15 -- at Miami

FSU fans swarm Sun Life Stadium every other year, and FSU has not lost a road game at Miami since 2004.

Nov. 22 -- Boston College

Perhaps not the ideal tune up game for Florida, due to the Eagles' physicality, but a solid opponent nonetheless.

Nov. 29 UF

By this point in the season, will the Gators have quit on a lame duck Will Muschamp? Or will UF have a resurgent year?