The Seminoles are loaded and ready to defend their ACC and National Titles. Billingsley projects Florida State to finish undefeated, but there are some potential pitfalls on the 2014 schedule. An opening game in Arlington against Oklahoma State will tell us a lot about any possible over confidence factor and an early season September 20th date hosting Clemson will most likely be the ACC game of the year. At North Carolina State is always tough for the Seminoles and at Syracuse draws red flags as a trap game, appearing on the schedule the week before Notre Dame travels to Tallahassee. The Irish are projected to be undefeated and ranked # 7 in the nation by the time that game is played. Notre Dame appears to be the greatest threat to Florida State’s undefeated season. At Louisville, at Miami (Fla.) and Florida at home are troublesome but manageable as long as the Seminoles are prepared and don’t make a lot of errors. Clemson is definitely the second best team in the ACC and after that there is a huge drop in projected rankings. The ACC Coastal division is a wide open race and will probably go down to the wire with a head to head win between North Carolina (Billingsley’s projected winner), Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Duke and Miami all within one game of each other, and all at a mediocre 5-3 or 4-4 conference record. Until some one other than Florida State and Clemson step up and finish the season 11-1, 10-2 or even 9-3, the ACC will continue to be the weakest of the Power Five Conferences.
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