Seminoles Start 2008 Soft With Two 1-AA Teams

It was a rough season for Florida State, having to deal with academic fraud & player suspensions & Jenn Sterger jumping off the bandwagon. But the Seminoles have come up with a cure - start off 2008 against not one, but two I-AA opponents.

Bobby Bowden shrugs off Florida State fans

The ORLANDO SENTINEL reports that FSU will begin next year’s slate with two home games against Western Carolina and Chattanooga. Both teams hail from the Southern Conference, home of Michigan-mashing Appalachian State. But don’t expect any similar miracles from the Catamounts & Mocs, who went a combined 3-21 last year. (Great nicknames, though.)

The soft slate is a change of pace from the usual early-season tests scheduled by the Seminoles. In last season’s opener, Bobby Bowden’s boys lost to son Terry’s Clemson squad 24-18 on Labor Day, while FSU’s two previous season starts saw victories against the Miami Hurricanes.

Bowden tries to explain the change of plans: “We had to give up a Monday night game, which I hated to give up because of the (lost) exposure. But there’s no way we would be ready to play a ranked team at that time.”

What, were all the Sun Belt teams locked up? Would it have been so hard to get a lower-tier 1-A school like Louisiana-Monroe to show up at Doak Campbell Stadium?

Tide Rolled UL Monroe Alabama billboard

On second thought, never mind.

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