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Will Florida State Go Undefeated in 2012?

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Florida State is coming off a huge top-10 win over Clemson last week and the Seminoles are ranked fourth in the country. Now that the Seminoles have seemingly gotten past their toughest test for the 2012 season, can they run the table and possibly represent the ACC in the BCS National Championship?

The rest of their schedule is by no means easy. It starts this week with a trip to Tampa to take on South Florida. South Florida is a solid Big East team and is not to be overlooked, but I think that the Seminoles should be able to take care of the Bulls, but after that it gets tricky.

There are three games left on FSU’s schedule that are potential pitfalls on their way to an undefeated season. The first of those games is against Miami on October 20th. The Hurricanes defense has underachieved this season, they are currently ranked 97th in scoring defense. E.J. Manuel and Florida State’s offense could have a huge game against Miami, but it is a rivalry game. If the Seminoles even attempt to overlook the U then they could get burned.

The second of the three potential losses will be Florida State’s toughest game the rest of the year. It is a Thursday night game at Virginia Tech. The Hokies have gotten off to a rocky start this season. The offense has had trouble getting in sync and the defense has been inconsistent from week to week. However, Lane Stadium on a Thursday night is one of the most intimidating venues in football, and the Hokies have Logan Thomas who will be a major wild card. Thomas can take over a game with his arm or his legs and there is a very good chance that Florida State leaves Blacksburg with a loss.

The final regular season game that the Seminoles need to be wary of is their finale against Florida. The Gators are now ranked 11th in the nation and appear to be getting better every week. Most people that follow the SEC assumed that the SEC East would be won by either Georgia or South Carolina, but Florida has quickly worked their way into the conversation. When it comes to talent, these two teams are evenly matched and I think that this game will come down to coaching. Who will do the better job Jimbo Fisher or Will Muschamp?

The odds of an undefeated season are in Florida State’s favor. The Seminoles will be favored in every game they play from here on out, but these three games are huge matchups that could derail the season. Florida State might finally be the national power the ACC has wanted it to be for the last decade, but if the Seminoles lose even one of these games then many will say the season was a failure.