Jan. 22, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State officials and the Atlantic Coast Conference officially unveiled the Seminoles’ highly anticipated 2014 schedule Wednesday and the buzz for the follow-up to last year’s championship campaign now begins.
On the heels of the third title in program history, the ‘Noles will go from playing Auburn in the legendary Rose Bowl to opening the new season at the lavish AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas against Oklahoma State Aug. 30. The Cowboys are coming off a a strong 10-3 season in 2013 that featured a trip to the Cotton Bowl.
FSU will then make its first home appearance as defending champs against The Citadel as part of youth and band day at Doak Campbell Stadium before a well-timed bye a week in advance of a Sept. 20 showdown against Clemson in Tallahassee. A year ago, the Seminoles benefitted from having an extra week to prepare for the Tigers and the same formula is fortunately in place again in 2014 for a tilt with major ACC Atlantic Division implications.
Clemson lost quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the NFL following the Tigers’ Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State but they return superstar defensive end Vic Beasley and a talented roster. The contest against Clemson is the first of many appealing matchups inside Doak Campbell Stadium in 2014.
Following back-to-back-to-back weeks at NC State, at home against Wake Forest for Parent’s Weekend and then on the road at Syracuse, another marquee matchup will take place on Bobby Bowden Field when Florida State welcomes Notre Dame to town Oct. 18. The Seminoles and Fighting Irish will be renewing a rivalry that will extend to its eighth game come mid-October. FSU has won the last two meetings between the two, with the most recent being an 18-14 triumph in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.
Notre Dame is expected to have standout quarterback Everett Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 record a spot in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, back under center in 2014 after he missed all of last season.
Again, a much-needed bye Oct. 25 then awaits the `Noles, who will have extra time to prepare for a Thursday game in front of the nation at new league member Louisville Oct. 30. FSU then returns home to host Virginia Nov. 8 for Homecoming before clashing with rival Miami at Sun Life Stadium Nov. 15.
The `Noles have the luxury of closing out the 2014 regular season with consecutive home games against Boston College (Nov. 22) for Military Day and then rival Florida (Nov. 29), who figures to be much better this year after an injury-riddled 4-8 2013 season.
Of FSU’s 11 FBS opponents in 2014, seven played in bowl games a season ago.
With such an attractive slate of games, fans are encouraged to purchase season tickets as soon as they become available. The priority ticket deadline is March 28 and then single-game sales go into effect June 1. Single-game sales will not be eligible for the home games against the Tigers, Fighting Irish and Gators so the only way to purchase these tickets will be to secure season tickets. Purchasing a season ticket saves 30 percent off the single-game ticket price.