Florida State in Need of a Quick Scheduling Fix
With National Signing Day come and gone, Florida State is still probably ridding a high that only the likes of Alabama or Texas can imagine. But it has been reported by the Associated Press that West Virginia has cancelled their matchup against Florida State in the 2012 season.
The game was supposed to take place September 8th, a week after Florida State played FCS opponent Murray State. It is still undetermined if the West Virginia Mountaineers will be playing in the Big East or the Big 12 next year due to a conference shift that is supposed to take place in 2013; however, athletic director Oliver Luck wants the Mountaineers to start playing in the Big 12 in 2012. That may be the main reason why the game was cancelled.
These are some opponents that should be at the top of the list to replace the Mountaineers.
No One at All
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With non-conference games being scheduled usually years in advance, I find it hard to believe another team will fall into the lap of FSU with the game probably at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The Seminoles already have three non-conference games with Murray State, South Florida and rival University of Florida. All these games are played in Florida, so why should FSU pay extra money to possibly go out of state.
The safe bet is that they have another bye week.
Another FCS Team
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Any FCS team will be easy to schedule essentially because of the buyout FSU can offer. But opening the season with two FCS teams is not something I would recommend for a team that has national title aspirations.
A Non-AQ Team
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FSU opens their season with an FCS opponent and scheduling a non-AQ team would be a step up in both competition and a better view to evaluate the Seminoles for better opponents. A good non-AQ team like Tulsa might be good enough to give the 'Noles a challenge.
The Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks might have the weakest non-conference schedule known to man, playing Arkansas State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech. This is a product of rescheduling due to a home and home series with Kansas State and Tennessee being pushed back a year. The Ducks are now a high profile team on the rise and will likely be ranked in the Top 10 AP Poll next year.
This could be a battle of top-10 teams early on in the year, and could finally give Jimbo Fisher a good out of conference win that has been lacking in his two years as FSU head coach.