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Note: This is not Russell Wilson

A city-wide sigh of relief took place in Madison, Wisconsin yesterday morning as former Maryland quarterback and 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year Danny O’Brien announced his intentions to transfer to Wisconsin. Due to some confusing NCAA rule that allows graduate students to transfer and play without sitting out a year, O’Brien will be eligible to play for the Badgers next season. For the second year in a row, Bret Bielema pulled off a recruiting coup by bringing in a talented transfer quarterback to lead his offense. Yes, the first guy was Russell Wilson. So the question is asked: What does this mean for the Badgers in 2013 and beyond?

The moment Danny O’Brien walks onto the Wisconsin campus, he will be the most talented quarterback on the team. This is a guy who threw for almost 2,500 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 57% completion percentage as a freshman. Despite finishing the year at 9-4 and earning ACC Coach of the Year honors, Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen was fired. Randy Edsall was brought in and overhauled the entire offensive system; transitioning to a spread-style scheme. It was clear from the beginning that this was not the right system for O’Brien along with most of his teammates, and the Terrapins finished with a dismal 2-10 record, O’Brien threw for 1,648 yards with 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while only playing in 9 games, and 25 players have since transferred from Maryland. What can be seen from this information is that O’Brien is a great fit for a pro-style offensive scheme. What type of offense does Wisconsin run? You’re right. A pro-style scheme. O’Brien walks into a great situation at Wisconsin. He’s an intelligent, accurate quarterback with great instincts and underrated mobility in the pocket, and should flourish in Coach Bielema’s ground-oriented attack.

In 2010, Danny O’Brien had All-ACC wide receiver Torrey Smith at his disposal, and the two connected for a total of 12 touchdowns. The following year, Smith graduated and O’Brien was left with an entirely green group of receivers along with a new offense, and the results indicated this. Luckily for O’Brien, skill position talent is plentiful in Madison, led by running backs Montee Ball and James White, receiver Jared Abbrederis, and tight end Jacob Pedersen. O’Brien will not bear the responsibility of necessarily being a playmaker for the Badgers; he would merely need to spread the ball around to his supplied talent and limit his turnovers.

One fact that Wisconsin fans need to understand is that Danny O’Brien is not, and will not ever be, Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson was one of the most talented players in the country last year regardless of position. O’Brien possesses similar passing skills to Wilson, but does not have the same raw athleticism or playmaking ability.

Finally, O’Brien arrives in Madison as a true junior, meaning he has two years of eligibility left. This allows touted freshman Bart Houston a redshirt year and another season to learn the offense before getting a shot to lead the Badger offense in 2014/2015. This continuity is vital for a program gunning for sustained success in the Big 10 conference.

Editors Note: Many of you are probably thinking to yourselves: What is this? I thought he hated Notre Dame? You’d be correct, I definitely do. Despite this fact, the Irish have several intriguing offseason storylines that I just couldn’t help but sink my teeth into. Secondly, a friend of mine, who I’ll call “Germaine”, requested that I do a little write-up on ND and the various hot spots that exist around South Bend (the latter I will not do). So here it is Germaine, enjoy.

2012 Review: Notre Dame’s annually high (unrealistic) expectations were shot down on opening weekend with a 23-20 home loss to USF. The following weekend, a trip to Ann Arbor brought another devastating defeat and an 0-2 start to a season once filled with potential. The Irish would eventually recover from this misstep and finished the year at a respectable 8-5. Last season, we witnessed the prolific athletic prowess of Michael Floyd, the vast potential of defensive ends Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt, the inconsistency of a veteran secondary, and tons of quarterback shuffling. Each of these features provide a unique storyline as we advance to the 2012/2013 season.

Gunner Kiel arrives in South Bend with tons of hype

Offense: Michael Floyd is gone to the NFL. Dayne Crist is gone to the NFL. Only kidding, he transferred to Kansas. Four quarterbacks enter spring practice with a chance to win the starting nod. A pair of juniors, Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix, seem to be the favorites. Rees is the better passer, although his arm strength is questionable, while Hendrix is clearly the better athlete but a lesser passer. Sophomore Everett Golson (who Brian Kelly absolutely should have redshirted, but that’s for another time) is an intriguing dual-threat prospect, but he lacks game experience. Finally, we get to freshman Gunner Kiel, famous for his circus-like recruitment as well as his cannon for an arm. The 5-star prospect from Indiana is definitely the quarterback of the future for the Irish, but is unlikely to be ready for next season. All-American tight end Tyler Eifert returns and figures to play an even bigger role in the Irish offense this year. Junior tailback Cierre Wood should be the feature back for Coach Kelly, with sophomore George Atkinson and USC transfer Amir Carlisle set to get carries as well. The departure of Floyd leaves a big void on the outside for Notre Dame. Senior John Goodman and talented sophomore Davaris Daniels will get the first crack at starting. TJ Jones returns to play slot receiver, and the majority of a good offensive line returns as well.

Super-soph defensive ends Aaron Lynch (19) and Stephon Tuitt (7)

Defense: Manti Te’o is a household name for a reason; the man is talented. The senior linebacker is back for one more go round, leading an Irish defense with several questions heading into 2013. Three defensive line starters must be replaced, with ends Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt, along with nose tackle Louis Nix getting the first chance to start. This is the most talented, athletic defensive front that Notre Dame has had in years. However, they are relatively inexperienced, and depth behind them looks thin. The linebacker spot looks stout with three starters returning, and Te’o is without a doubt one of the nation’s best at his position. Junior Prince Shembo should build on what was a solid 2011/12 season. The Irish secondary looks…scary. Both corners are gone, all-everything safety Harrison Smith departs, and Notre Dame is left with little depth or talent on what otherwise could be a very good defense. Zeke Motta emerges as a new safety starter, and, although a force in run support, must prove he has the speed to run downfield with opposing receivers. Lo Wood and Bennett Jackson are expected to get the starting nod at corner.

Impact Newcomer: With the surprising departure of freshman cornerback Tee Shepard before spring camp even began, Notre Dame’s secondary is in dire need of some young talent. That talent comes in the form of Elijah Shumate. The 6’1 205 pound safety from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey possesses the size and physicality to step in and play right away for the Irish. The 4-star prospect will almost certainly challenge Austin Collinsworth and Eilar Hardy for a backup safety spot and has the potential to move even higher up the depth chart as the season progresses.

X Factor: Without a doubt, it’s the quarterback position. Both Rees and Hendrix have the talent to be serviceable starters for Coach Kelly, but inconsistent performances and costly turnovers were all too prevalent for this duo last year, leaving the door open for Golson and (maybe) Kiel. As much as Notre Dame fans probably want Gunner Kiel to start this year, it’s not the best decision for the Irish in the present time. Starting Gunner Kiel would show that Brian Kelly has completely given up on winning in 2012/2013, and is merely prepping for the future. Compare this situation to what happened to Jake Heaps at BYU. Heaps arrived in Provo as a highly-regarded quarterback with tons of potential. He was given the starting job from day one and was handed the reins to the program before he was developed and prepared enough to do so. After a few poor performances, Heaps was demoted in favor of backup Riley Nelson because Nelson gave BYU the best chance to win IMMEDIATELY, and Heaps subsequently transferred (to Kansas of all places). Note to Notre Dame fans: Your team is talented enough to achieve moderate success this season. Let Kiel develop into the quarterback he is capable of becoming at his own pace. You will reap the benefits in future years.

2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Saturday
04/21/12
Fighting Irish Blue-Gold Game
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
1:30 p.m. ET
NBC SN
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/01/12
Midshipmen Navy Midshipmen 
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Time TBA
CBS
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/08/12
Boilermakers Purdue Boilermakers 
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
3:30 p.m. ET
NBC
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/15/12
Spartans at Michigan State Spartans 
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/22/12
Wolverines Michigan Wolverines 
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
7:30 p.m. ET
NBC
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/29/12
Open Date
Saturday
10/06/12
Hurricanes Miami (FL) Hurricanes 
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
7:30 p.m. ET
NBC
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/13/12
Cardinal Stanford Cardinal 
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
3:30 p.m. ET
NBC
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/20/12
Cougars BYU Cougars 
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
3:30 p.m. ET
NBC
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/27/12
Sooners at Oklahoma Sooners 
Gaylord Family OK Mem. Stadium, Norman, OK
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/03/12
Panthers Pittsburgh Panthers 
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
3:30 p.m. ET
NBC
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/10/12
Eagles at Boston College Eagles 
Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/17/12
Demon Deacons Wake Forest Demon Deacons 
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
3:30 p.m. ET
NBC
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/24/12
Trojans at USC Trojans 
Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

Schedule Outlook: Dang. Just look at the schedule. This Notre Dame team is probably more talented than last year, but their record could be far worse. Road games at Michigan State, at Oklahoma, at Boston College (don’t sleep on them, they return basically everyone), and at national title contender USC are simply brutal. The home slate isn’t much easier. Stanford and Michigan return a ton of talent, while BYU, Pitt, and Wake Forest should be solid. Simply put, there are few gimmes on this schedule. Notre Dame has the talent to compete with all of these teams (except maybe USC), but quarterback play and a lack of defensive depth could hold them back. The Irish could finish anywhere from 4-8 to 8-4, with 6-6 or 7-5 being the most logical records. However, do not despair all of you Notre Dame fans, progress IS being made within the program. Brian Kelly’s recruiting strategy is built for long-term success, and Notre Dame just isn’t quite there yet. This schedule is simply too much to overcome for an Irish team with multiple question marks.

Jones caught 41 passes for 420 yards and 4 touchdowns as a junior

Once dubbed as a perennial cellar dweller in all sports, Baylor University has quickly and dramatically risen to new heights. The men’s basketball team made the Elite 8 in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the girl’s team is currently undefeated and the consensus #1 team in the nation, and Robert Griffin, former Baylor Quarterback, is the projected #2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. 4-star wide receiver Vequan Jones decided to keep this momentum rolling, and committed to Baylor and Coach Art Briles last night. The 6’4 201 pound product of Wylie, Texas chose the Bears over offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Texas Tech among several others. Jones is the #23 wide receiver in the country per Rivals.com and the #184 player nationally. For a Baylor program trying to transition from surprising underdog to perennial competitor, the addition of Jones is a big step in the right direction. Offensive skill position players will be the focus of this year’s recruiting class for Baylor, as Coach Briles looks to replace Griffin, wide receiver Kendall Wright, and running back Terrance Ganaway. Jones becomes the 5th member of Baylor’s 2013 recruiting class after Johnny Jefferson, the #4 all-purpose back in the country, committed to the Bears last week.

2012 Review: Bret Bielema’s squad had another fantastic year, finishing 11-3 overall, 6-2 in the Big 10, and a perfect 7-0 at home. The climax of the season definitely took place in Indianapolis, where the Badgers defeated Michigan State 42-39 to capture the Big 10 title. Highlight reel plays were abundant last year, as the Badgers’ prolific offense, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, routinely put up 40+ points on their opponents. Despite all the success, Wisconsin had its fair share of heartbreak as well, losing on the road in the final minute to Michigan State and Ohio State, and suffering a 7 point defeat to Oregon in the Rose Bowl, a game in which the Badgers had several chances to pull out a win. The 2012 season will inevitably be remembered by the phrase, “What If?”, as Wisconsin was possibly two plays away from going undefeated and competing for a BCS National Title.

Montee Ball figures to score a few more of these in 2013

Offense: Heisman-worthy running back Montee Ball returns to Madison for another year, along with a plethora of other talented backs led by junior James White. Despite the loss of big play man Nick Toon, the receiving corps should be deep and talented with slot man Jared Abbrederis and tight end Jacob Pederson coming back. Three offensive line starters must be replaced along with do-everything quarterback Russell Wilson. The competition appears wide open as Spring Camp begins, with senior Curt Phillips, junior Jon Budmayr, and talented freshman Bart Houston all vying for the starting nod.

Defense: 5 starters return off the #8 defense in the country that yielded an impressive 293.0 yards per game last year. All-Big 10 caliber linebacker Chris Borland is back, and figures to be the heart and soul of the 2013 Badger defense. Three starters along the defensive line return and depth behind them appears strong. The major question mark is in the secondary, where three year starters Aaron Henry and Antonio Fenelus must be replaced along with starting corner Devin Smith. Senior safety Shelton Johnson and nickel back Marcus Cromartie played a ton last year and hope to provide some stability to an extremely young secondary. Athletic sophomore Peniel Jean is bursting with potential, and is expected to step into the the field cornerback position.

Senior corner Marcus Cromartie looks to play a bigger role this season

Impact Newcomer: 4-star linebacker Vince Biegel arrives in Madison with a ton of hype and the ability to contribute right away. Depth is a concern particularly at outside linebacker, and Biegel figures to play a big role in solidifying the typically stout Badger front seven. Extremely athletic and agile for his size, the 6’3 225 pound bulldozer posted an impressive 4.58 forty time at the U.S. Army All-America combine. Biegel and redshirt freshman ‘backer Jake Keefer will provide some definite star power in Madison for a few years to come.

X Factor: Who’s going to play quarterback? Unless Russell Wilson reincarnates himself with another year of eligibility, there is a gaping hole under center for Wisconsin. The eventual starter, whether it be Phillips, Budmayr, or Houston, will have enough talent around him to be a successful game manager. Houston is clearly the long-term solution at quarterback for Coach Bielema, but is he ready to contribute right away?

2012 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Saturday
04/28/12
Badgers Spring Game presented by Culver’s
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
4:00 p.m. CT
Saturday
09/01/12
Panthers Northern Iowa Panthers 
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/08/12
Beavers at Oregon State Beavers 
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/15/12
Aggies Utah State Aggies 
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/22/12
Miners UTEP Miners 
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
09/29/12
Cornhuskers at Nebraska Cornhuskers 
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/06/12
Fighting Illini Illinois Fighting Illini 
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/13/12
Boilermakers at Purdue Boilermakers 
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/20/12
Gophers Minnesota Golden Gophers 
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
10/27/12
Spartans Michigan State Spartans 
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/03/12
Open Date
Saturday
11/10/12
Hoosiers at Indiana Hoosiers 
Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/17/12
Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes 
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
11/24/12
Nittany Lions at Penn State Nittany Lions 
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
TBA Buy
Tickets
Saturday
12/01/12
Big Ten Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
TBA Buy
Tickets

Schedule Outlook: Wisconsin’s new signal caller will have the first four weeks of the year to work out the kinks of the job before traveling to Lincoln to take on the Cornhuskers. Luckily though, other road games on the schedule look far from stressful until the Badgers take on Penn State in the regular season finale. Avoiding Michigan certainly helps the cause, but home games against Michigan State and Ohio State could prove difficult for the Badgers. In the end, Wisconsin is definitely more talented than eight teams on the schedule. Does that mean the Badgers will win all eight of those games? Of course not. Eight wins does seem to be the probable minimum, though. Anywhere from an 8-4 finish to 10-2 seems likely considering the massive losses suffered on both sides of the ball. The expectations for this season are definitely not as lofty as last year, but another ten win season and Big 10 Title is definitely not out of the question for the Badgers.

Carl Lawson

Auburn Coach Gene Chizik picked up a big commitment today as 4-star defensive end Carl Lawson from Alpharetta, Georgia pledged to the Tigers. Lawson chose Auburn over offers from Alabama, Cal, Florida, and Tennessee among others. Possessing impressive size and strength, the 6’3 245 end still managed to record a 4.7 forty yard dash. Lawson becomes the sixth member of Auburn’s 2013 recruiting class, highlighted by fellow 4-star end Dee Liner and 4-star linebacker Trey Johnson. The Tiger defense struggled mightily throughout last season, and it’s clear that Coach Chizik is making a concerted effort to shore up his front seven in this recruiting class.

(No highlight tape could be found on Lawson)

Starting next fall, the Tigers of Missouri and the Aggies of Texas A&M will be leaving the Big 12 in favor of the SEC. Both teams made the switch to the nationally renowned conference for two reasons: 1. Better Competition 2. More Money (A LOT more money actually). A&M will transition to the SEC West with Missouri settling into the SEC East Divison. (which geographically makes no sense, by the way) So, the question is asked: Who’s better suited for success in the toughest conference in America?

Tiger fans expect big things from Dorial Green-Beckham

The Case for Missouri: Any true Missouri fan knows what is meant by the initials DGB. For those who don’t, it stands for Dorial Green-Beckham, the consensus #1 wide receiver recruit in the country who decided to stay home and play for the Tigers. Green-Beckham, along with returning quarterback James Franklin, slot man T.J. Moe, and an experienced offensive line gives Mizzou a great deal of talent on the offensive side of the ball. The majority of a young defense from last year returns as well, and the 2013 conference schedule, void of Alabama, Auburn, and LSU, is far from grueling. Coach Gary Pinkel and his staff do a great job of evaluating talent and developing players, many who had been overlooked by other schools. Moving to the SEC will also allow the Tigers to broaden their recruiting base and go after better players who previously would have had little interest in Missouri.

The Case for Texas A&M: Texas A&M better fits the mold of an SEC program. Their stadium and athletic facilities are state-of-the-art, their fan base is massive, and the University administration designates a large portion of the budget to the football program. Recruiting at A&M has always been a relatively easy task, as the Aggies have talent pipelines existing throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. The newfound prestige of the SEC will make attracting talent even easier. While a disappointing 7-6 season last year led to the firing of Mike Sherman, new coach Kevin Sumlin brings a high-powered offense and tradition of winning to College Station. While losing star quarterback Ryan Tannehill, tailback Cyrus Gray, and receiver Jeff Fuller hurts, the return of running back Christine Michael, along with linebackers Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart shows that the cupboard is far from bare for Sumlin.

Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin ready to face next year’s new challenges

Edge: Texas A&M

     While Missouri looks prepared to experience immediate success in the SEC next year, Texas A&M is definitely in better shape for the long haul. The Aggies lose a ton of firepower off last years squad, and their 2013 schedule is brutal with games against LSU, at Alabama, at Auburn, and at Mississippi State. Missouri, on the other hand, avoids most of the traditional SEC powers, and brings back more of their key players. However, Texas A&M has a recruiting edge over Missouri that will be hard to overcome. College Station is located in the talent hotbed of east Texas, and the shorter distance to other fertile southeastern states puts A&M in great position with top prospects. Missouri is not blessed with a ton of talented in-state prospects to choose from each year, and surrounding states such as Kansas, Iowa, and Arkansas are nothing to write home about either. Dorial Green-Beckham did play his high school ball in Springfield, Missouri, but he is more of an exception to the rule. Look for Missouri to have a solid season next year and Texas A&M to struggle. Down the road, though, the Aggies should have the edge.

EJ Manuel returns to lead the Seminole offense

2012 Review: Florida State entered last season’s campaign with sky high expectations and fell short, finishing 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the ACC. The Seminoles were decimated by injuries on the offensive side of the ball, as quarterback EJ Manuel and a patchwork offensive line struggled to get in sync most of the year. An early three game losing streak at the hands of Oklahoma, Clemson, and Wake Forest spelled doom for this trendy national title pick, but the dominant Seminole defense found a way to right the ship en route to 7 victories in their final 8 games. The up and down year culminated with an 18-14 dogfight victory over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Offense: Manuel returns for one final year in Tallahassee, along with 7 other starters from last year’s offense. The receiving corps is terrific, and is one of the clear strengths of the team. 5 of the top 6 pass catchers return along with redshirt junior Willie Haulstead, who sat out last season with concussion issues. The return of Haulstead, along with 6’6 senior Rodney Smith, speedster Rashad Greene, and reliable Kenny Shaw leaves Manuel with a slew of options to throw to. Sophomore running back Devonta Freeman, who led the team in rushing last year, should carry most of the load in 2013, as the status of senior Chris Thompson remains uncertain (Thompson broke a bone in his back against Duke last year). The offensive line, led by sophomore Bobby Hart, is young and inexperienced. Injuries forced Hart, Tre Jackson, and Josue Matias into action last year as true freshmen. The talented trio of sophomores should be the key cogs on a unit with a ton to prove this year.

Defense: In short, Florida State’s defense last year was downright nasty. This year should be no different. 9 starters return off a unit that was arguably the best defense in the country not named Alabama or LSU. The loss of leading tackler Nigel Bradham to graduation is certainly a blow, but juniors Christian Jones and Telvin Smith along with seniors Nick Moody and Vince Williams give coordinator Mark Stoops a variety of quality options at linebacker. Jones is likely to enter the NFL draft following the 2013 campaign. The secondary returns 3 of 4 starters, led by cornerback Xavier Rhodes, safety Lamarcus Joyner, and playmaker Greg Reid (Reid is just a stud). However, depth behind these three is young and unproven. Ultimately, though, the strength of this entire Florida State team is the defensive line. It is incredibly deep and talented, as at least 11 players will see quality playing time this year. Ends Brandon Jenkins (8 sacks) and Bjoern Werner lead the way along with run stuffer Amp McCloud and the ultra-talented Timmy Jernigan and Everette Dawkins.

Defensive End Brandon Jenkins

Impact Newcomer: Yes, I’m aware that the #1 ranked high school player in the country (d-end Mario Edwards) now attends Florida State, but I’m going to pick a different defensive end as my impact newcomer. 6’4 250 pound Chris Casher from the state of Alabama is a complete freak of an athlete with incredible speed, strength, and quickness off the edge. He absolutely dominated the Under Armour All-American Game, and should get a good amount of snaps playing behind Brandon Jenkins at weakside defensive end. ACC left tackles should watch out for this guy.

X Factor: Without a doubt, it’s the offensive line. This unit is loaded with talented freshmen and sophomores, but almost none have significant game experience. For FSU to finally take the next step and compete for a national title, the o-line needs to make major strides in the next 6 months.

Date Opponent Location Promotion
09/01/12 Murray State Tallahassee, FL Hall of Fame / Varsity
09/08/12 Savannah State Tallahassee, FL Youth Day
09/15/12 Wake Forest Tallahassee, FL Military Appreciation
09/22/12 Clemson Tallahassee, FL
09/29/12 @South Florida Tampa, FL
10/06/12 @NC State Raleigh, NC
10/13/12 Boston College Tallahassee, FL Parent’s Weekend
10/20/12 @Miami Miami Gardens, FL
10/27/12 Duke Tallahassee, FL Homecoming
11/03/12 BYE
11/08/12 @Virginia Tech (Thurs.) Blacksburg, VA
11/17/12 @Maryland College Park, MD
11/24/12 Florida Tallahassee, FL

Schedule Outlook: Getting to play Clemson, Boston College, and Florida all in Tallahassee is a huge coup for the ‘Noles, and the only tough road games are at South Florida, at NC State, and at Virginia Tech. The ultimate ACC showdown with conference as well as national title implications is on November 8th in Blacksburg against VT. Barring injuries, FSU likely finishes 11-1 with 12-0 being a possibility. Anything less than 10-2 would definitely be disappointing, as this Seminole team is the most talented we’ve seen in years.