Florida State’s 2023 football scheduled was released on Monday evening.

The Seminoles enter next season with major expectations after going 10-3 in 2022. Key players like Jordan Travis, Jared Verse and Johnny Wilson are returning, which makes FSU one of the favorites to win the ACC next season.

Florida State has not won the ACC Championship since 2014. However, its path to the title game is different this season with the ACC getting rid of its division structure. It’s now possible Florida State and Clemson, traditional Atlantic division foes, will be able to meet in the conference title game this year.

Here are some key takeaways from Florida State’s 2023 schedule:

Biggest home game: vs. Miami (Nov. 11)

It’s an admittedly weak home slate for Florida State in 2023, with games against Clemson, LSU and Florida all coming away from Tallahassee. But the Hurricanes should be much better in Year 2 under Mario Cristobal, and it’s possible this game will have ACC Championship Game implications. This game also comes in the midst of a tough November that also includes games vs. Pitt and Florida. 

Biggest road game: at Florida (Nov. 25)

FSU has multiple major road tests in 2023, but nothing beats a rivalry game. Florida State coach Mike Norvell has made the UF and Miami rivalries a priority for the Noles, and that will once again be the case in 2023. If all goes to plan for Florida State next season, the game against the Gators in Gainesville could determine whether or not FSU is playing for a College Football Playoff berth in the ACC Championship Game. The stakes haven’t been that big in the Florida-Florida State rivalry in a long, long time. 

Biggest trap game: vs. Duke (Oct. 21)

Florida State’s trip to Durham is worth keeping an eye on. It’s sandwiched inbetween a matchup vs. a tough Syracuse team and a road game at Wake Forest — a team that has given FSU fits in recent years. But 2022 proved that ACC teams shouldn’t be overlooking the Blue Devils as long as Mike Elko and Riley Leonard are in town. Duke is dangerous, even at Doak Campbell Stadium. 

Toughest stretch: September

Florida State plays arguably the 2 toughest teams on its schedule during the month of September: LSU and Clemson. Both of those games will be away from home, with the former being played on a neutral site (Orlando) in Week 1. Florida State also faces Southern Miss at home and Boston College on the road in September. FSU is expected to enter 2023 with high expectations, and the college football world will know quickly if the Noles are capable of living up to the hype. 

Here’s FSU’s 2023 schedule:

  • Sept. 3: vs. LSU (in Orlando)
  • Sept. 9: vs. Southern Miss
  • Sept. 16: at Boston College
  • Sept. 23: at Clemson
  • Sept. 30: BYE
  • Oct. 7: vs. Virginia Tech
  • Oct. 14: vs. Syracuse
  • Oct. 21: vs. Duke
  • Oct. 28: at Wake Forest
  • Nov. 4: at Pittsburgh
  • Nov. 11: vs. Miami
  • Nov. 18: vs. North Alabama
  • Nov. 25: at Florida