Florida State football schedule 2013: Dates, toughest opponents and more

Chris Trotman

Florida State will have a hard time topping 2012's ACC title, but the Seminoles are capable of another run to Charlotte.

Jimbo Fisher broke through last season with an ACC championship, but the Seminoles had to replace several members of the coaching staff -- including defensive coordinator Mark Stoops -- and lost a lot of starters off that team. This is where out-recruiting the rest of the ACC on a regular basis comes in handy. There is still a lot of talent on board, and the schedule sets up well for another good season.

2013 Florida State schedule

Date Opponent Conf. Projected ranking

9/2/2013 at Pittsburgh ACC 34

9/7/2013 Open date

9/14/2013 Nevada MWC 70

9/21/2013 Bethune-Cookman FCS

9/28/2013 at Boston College ACC 69

10/5/2013 Maryland ACC 82

10/12/2013 Open date

10/19/2013 at Clemson ACC 21

10/26/2013 N.C. State ACC 61

11/2/2013 Miami ACC 25

11/9/2013 at Wake Forest ACC 80

11/16/2013 Syracuse ACC 55

11/23/2013 Idaho Indep. 122

11/30/2013 at Florida SEC 7

12/7/2013 ACC Championship (Charlotte)

Date Opponent Conf. Projected ranking

Projections from Football Outsiders' 2013 college football almanac.

With so many new faces in expanded roles, it's conceivable to see Week 1 in Pittsburgh as a stumbling block. After the Panthers game, the Seminoles have a favorable four-game run that includes contests against Maryland and Boston College. They also get a week off prior to their trip to Clemson, which doesn't hurt. That game ultimately decided the Atlantic Division last season and figures to do so again.

The Seminoles round out the regular season with a pair of non-conference games, including their annual tilt with the Florida Gators. Fisher is 2-1 against Florida so far, which stands in stark contrast to how Bobby Bowden fared against the Gators toward the end of his tenure.

With just three ACC games against teams projected to be top-35-caliber, FSU definitely has an opportunity to get back to the ACC Championship in Charlotte. But there's Dabo Swinney standing in the way, with the advantage of a seasoned quarterback, not to mention the Death Valley crowd.

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