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Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher
The Florida State Seminoles welcome the Pittsburgh Panthers into the ACC. Pitt will see just how ready it is to compete in its new conference by opening the 2013 season against one of its top teams.
Both programs have starting quarterbacks itching to get into a live football game. Whoever starts for the Seminoles, whether it’s Jameis Winston or Jacob Coker, is new to the college football spotlight. Winston is a redshirt freshman, and Coker appeared sparingly in four games as a redshirt freshman last season.
Tom Savage, the Panthers starting quarterback, hasn’t played since 2010 when he was at Rutgers. Savage has been enrolled at three FBS schools in as many years (Rutgers, Arizona, Pittsburgh). His last full season ended with a spot on the 2009 Freshman All-America Team.
Including quarterback EJ Manuel, 11 Florida State players from 2012 were selected in the 2013 NFL draft. Jimbo Fisher has brought elite recruiting classes to Tallahassee, but it's hard to replace 11 NFL-caliber players.
As the 11th- and 12th-ranked team in the AP and coaches polls, respectively, Florida State is the favorite in this game. The Seminoles have been close to the national championship a few times recently, but they’ve tripped up enough times to take themselves out of the race. Pitt could be one of those teams Florida State loses to in 2013.