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How the Florida State Seminoles should fare during first season under new coach

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois (12) warming up before the first half of an NCAA football game between Alabama and Florida State in Atlanta. Head coach Willie Taggart’s biggest decision of the preseason will be who will start at quarterback on Sept. 3 against Virginia Tech. James Blackman started 12 games last season following Francois’ injury. Blackman threw for 2,230 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as he was the program’s first true freshman to start at quarterback since 1985. Francois has 14 career starts and is 10-4 during that span. In 2016 he threw for the fifth-most yards in school history (3,350) as he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rookie of the year.
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois (12) warming up before the first half of an NCAA football game between Alabama and Florida State in Atlanta. Head coach Willie Taggart’s biggest decision of the preseason will be who will start at quarterback on Sept. 3 against Virginia Tech. James Blackman started 12 games last season following Francois’ injury. Blackman threw for 2,230 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as he was the program’s first true freshman to start at quarterback since 1985. Francois has 14 career starts and is 10-4 during that span. In 2016 he threw for the fifth-most yards in school history (3,350) as he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rookie of the year. AP

Breaking down the Florida State Seminoles’ 2018 schedule:

▪Sept. 3: vs. Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN): FSU is 14-2 versus Hokies dating back to 1976 and has won its last seven home openers. FSU 27, Virginia Tech 23

▪Sept. 8: vs. Samford, 7:20 p.m. (TBA): Seminoles have beaten FCS teams by an average score of 55-7 since 2008. FSU 59, Samford 14

▪Sept. 15: at Syracuse, Noon (TBA): Seminoles have won 10 in a row versus the Orange. FSU 38, Syracuse 21

▪Sept. 22: vs. Northern Illinois (TBA): Rematch of the 2013 Orange Bowl. Seminoles are 5-0 versus MAC, but haven’t hosted a team in the conference since 2006. FSU 35, N. Illinois 17

▪Sept. 29: at Louisville (TBA): Cardinals have won two in a row in the series, but Lamar Jackson isn’t around this time. FSU 38, Louisville 26

▪Oct. 6: at Miami (TBA): Seminoles haven’t lost in Miami since 2004 and visitor has won 9 of 12 in series. Miami 25, FSU 22

▪Oct. 20: vs. Wake Forest (TBA): The last three meetings with the Demon Deacons have been tight, but FSU has won six straight in the series. FSU 37, Wake Forest 22

▪Oct. 27: vs. Clemson (TBA): Tigers have won three in a row versus FSU, but last year’s game was first real blowout. Clemson 34, FSU 24

▪Nov. 3: at N.C. State (TBA): Wolfpack won in Tallahassee last year for the first time in 12 years and this will be payback. FSU 48, N.C. State 31

▪Nov. 10: at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (TBA): Irish is 2-6 all-time verses FSU and was blown out 37-0 last time Seminoles visited South Bend in 2003. FSU 27, Notre Dame 24

▪Nov. 17: vs. Boston College (TBA): Eagles crushed Seminoles 35-3 last season, but haven’t won in Tallahassee since 2008. FSU 31, Boston College 27

▪Nov. 24: vs. Florida (TBA): FSU’s five-game winning streak is the longest in the series, but Seminoles still trail all-time series 34-26-2. FSU 38, Florida 34

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