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With all of the talent returning to Tallahassee this season, Florida State fans should have high hopes.
While the Seminoles fell well short of last season's lofty expectations, the 2012 schedule is noticeably absent of behemoth non-conference games, a la Oklahoma.
Florida State gets things underway with a September 1 warm-up against FCS Murray State.
Sadly, Florida State plays another FCS program in Week 2: Savannah State. If the Seminoles were looking to sabotage their own strength-of-schedule, this is a great way to do it.
Seriously? Two FCS programs to start 2012? This would be a joke, except it isn't funny—at least not a “ha ha” kind of funny.
At least we can pretty much guarantee a 2-0 start.
Finally, Florida State plays a game that might actually mean something in Week 3, as the ACC gets an early start with a trip to Tallahassee by Wake Forest.
The biggest test in the month of September for Florida State comes on September 22 when the defending ACC champion Clemson Tigers come to Doak Campbell Stadium.
It's highly likely that this early season conference showdown will determine the eventual ACC-Atlantic Division champion.
Even though Clemson will be good again this season, Florida State should be better, with 18 starters returning—all healthy.
Florida State finishes the month of September with a short trip down to Tampa to take on the South Florida Bulls.
While this will be a great draw for USF, it probably won't amount to much more than ticket revenue, as the Seminoles should make quick work of Skip Holtz's team.