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June 6, 2007? More: Big Ten | Big 12 | Big East | SEC | Pac-10 | Non-BCS I | Non-BCS II | Ultimate Road Trip
Based on the arrival of offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, other changes to the offensive staff and the return of 15 starters, Florida State expects to be significantly improved.
The Seminoles had better be.
Even if Florida State makes remarkable progress, it might not show up in the standings. FSU has a very demanding schedule, one which we believe is the toughest in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A season-opening trip to Clemson foretells the trials to come. The Seminoles must also go on the road to face defending ACC champion Wake Forest, and FSU will take on Alabama in Jacksonville, Fla.
But the most difficult part of Florida State's slate is a stretch in November. The Seminoles face a grind which will take them to Boston College, Virginia Tech and defending national champion Florida. In between they get to play host to Maryland, which is coming off a nine-victory season.
On the other end of the spectrum, Wake Forest is trying to post consecutive winning seasons for only the third time in the last 20 years. With the Demon Deacons' schedule including six teams that had losing records last year, that possibility is definitely enhanced.
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.