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Will Florida State Take Back Home Field Advantage in 2010?

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Renegade and Chief Osceola prepares to bury his spear on the 50-yard line before the Miami Hurricanes take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. Miami defeated Florida State 38-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Chris WhitmoreCorrespondent IJune 15, 2010

Looking back over the last few years, FSU has not had a problem winning some big games on the road or at neutral sites.

  • 2006—Def. UCLA 44-27 in San Francisco.
  • 2007—Def. No. 22. Alabama 21-14 in Jacksonville, FL., Def. No. 2. Boston College 27-17 in Chestnut Hill.
  • 2008—Def. Miami 41-39 in Miami, FL., Def. Wisconsin 42-13 in Orlando, FL.
  • 2009—Def. No. 7. BYU 54-28 in Provo., Def. No. 16. West Virginia 33-21 in Jacksonville, FL.

 

It's winning the crucial games in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium that matter for a chance at the ACC Championship game that Florida State has struggled with or in the rivalry with Florida.

Losses in Tallahassee:

  • 2006—Clemson 27-20, Boston College 24-19, Wake Forest 30-0, Florida 21-14
  • 2007—Miami 37-29
  • 2008—Wake Forest 12-3, Boston College 27-17, Florida 45-15
  • 2009—Miami 38-34, USF 17-7, Georgia Tech 49-44

Arguably, the last big win to come in Tallahassee for the Seminoles was when Miami came into Tallahassee ranked No. 9 to open the 2005 season and No. 14 FSU beat them 10-7. 

FSU has yet to defeat Boston College in Tallahassee since BC joined the ACC. The Seminoles have not defeated Wake Forest in Doak Campbell Stadium since 2005. 

The Seminoles have a chance to regain a stronghold on Doak Campbell Stadium in 2010 when Wake Forest, Clemson, BYU, UNC, Boston College and Florida all must travel to Tallahassee. On paper ,the UNC and Florida games should be the hardest games in Tallahassee this season, but to regain the home field confidence the Seminoles easily had in the 90's, they must first defeat Wake Forest on Sept. 25 and Boston College on Oct. 16th. 

The month of November will be crucial for home field advantage if FSU is in contention at the time for an Atlantic Division title. UNC and Clemson visit in consecutive weeks on Nov. 6 and 13th. These two games could prove to be the most important back to back games in the 2010 season as the defense will have two months of experience in new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops' defense. UNC will feature one of the best, if not the best, defenses FSU will see all season and Clemson has beaten FSU four out of the last five years. 

For new head coach Jimbo Fisher to begin his reign in Tallahassee, 2010 is presenting a home schedule that could begin his footprint on the FSU program. A win against UF in November in Tallahassee would go miles in establishing a home field advantage since that feat has not been accomplished since 2002.

2010 Florida State Seminoles Home Schedule

Sept. 4—Samford

Sept. 18—BYU

Sept. 25—Wake Forest

Oct. 16—Boston College

Nov. 6—UNC

Nov. 13—Clemson

Nov. 27—Florida

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