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Seminoles to open their season with a tougher test in 2016

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This year, there will be no easing into the college football season for FSU.

This year doesn’t start with an outmanned directional school. This year, the Seminoles sweat. This year, they have a game, and all the risks that come with it.

This year, they have Ole Miss, which is expected to be a top 10 school again.

For the Seminoles of coach Jimbo Fisher, the game against the Rebels — and quarterback Chad Kelly — is ahead on Sept. 5 in Orlando. It figures to be quite the test for the Seminoles.

Oh, the Seminoles have opened with hard assignments before. Starting in 2004, the Seminoles opened three times against Miami and once against Clemson. But more recently, the Seminoles — like most other programs — had played a designated victim. Last year, it was Texas State. In recent years, FSU has played Murray State, Louisiana-Monroe and Samford.

Again, there isn’t anything unusual in it. It’s just that, this year, the test is sterner.

FSU is a deep team, but still hasn’t decided between Sean Maguire and Deondre Francoise at quarterback.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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