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Toughest Non-Conference Slate In The Land – Florida State University

Toughest Non-Conference Slate In The Land – Florida State University
















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Toughest Non-Conference Slate In The Land

Sporting News college
football writer Matt Hayes recently ranked the most difficult non-conference
football schedules in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation.
Florida State emerged as Hayes' No. 1 choice in both categories, thanks in
large part to a schedule which includes a trip to Oklahoma and home dates
against BYU and Florida. Here's a look at Hayes' Top 10 with some bonus
perspective, including the 2009 records and returning starters for all of the
BCS opponents:

1. Florida State: Samford (5-6/FCS); at Oklahoma (8-5/11 rs); BYU
(11-2/11 rs); Florida (13-1/10 rs). Combined
2009 record:
37-14 (.725). Returning
starters (BCS only):
32.

 

2. Miami:
Florida A&M (8-3/FCS); at Ohio State (11-2/14); at Pitt (10-3/11); USF
(8-5/10). Combined record: 37-13
(.740). Returning starters: 35.

 

3. Oklahoma: Utah State (4-8/11); Florida State (7-6/16); Air Force (8-5/10); at
Cincinnati (12-1/11). Combined record:
31-20. Returning starters: 48.

 

4. Pittsburgh: at Utah (10-3/10); New Hampshire (10-3/FCS); Miami (9-4/13); FIU
(3-9/7); Notre Dame (6-6/12). Combined
record:
38-25 (.717). Returning
starters:
42.

 

5. Oregon State: vs. TCU (12-1/16); Louisville (4-8/12); at Boise State (14-0/18).

Combined record: 30-9 (.769). Returning
starters:
46.

 

6. UCLA:
at Kansas State (6-6/10); Houston (10-4/13); at Texas (13-1/10).

Combined record: 29-11 (725). Returning
starters:
33.

 

7. Washington: at BYU (11-2/11); Syracuse (4-8/12); Nebraska (10-4/15).

Combined record: 25-14 (.641). Returning
starters:
38.

 

8. Colorado: vs. Colorado State (3-9/11); at Cal (8-5/12); Hawaii (6-7/10);
Georgia (8-5/12). Combined record:
25-26 (.490). Returning starters: 45.

 

9. USF:
Stony Brook (6-5/FCS); Florida (13-1/10); Western Kentucky (0-12/14); FAU
(5-7/10); Miami (9-4/13). Combined
record:
33-29 (.532). Returning
starters:
47.

 

10. LSU:
vs. North Carolina (8-5/18); West Virginia (9-4/16); McNeese State (9-3/FCS);
UL Monroe (6-6/8). Combined record:
32-18 (.640). Returning starters:
42.

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