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.