Our series taking a look at the most important game on the schedule this year for each ACC school continues today with Florida State. For those of you just tuning in, this is a look at which games will reveal the most or have the biggest impact on the 2012 race.
Most important game: Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech
Why it’s important: No, it’s not a division game, but it could be a must-win league game on a Thursday night in November in Lane Stadium. You could argue the Sept. 22 game against Clemson will be the most important -- and there's no question it should help determine the Atlantic Division winner. But the Noles will have home-field advantage that weekend and be motivated by last year's loss to the Tigers. Games in November tend to matter more.
Winning at Virginia Tech is daunting enough, but add title-game implications to the mix and it quickly becomes must-see TV. It could also be a sneak preview of this year’s ACC championship game in Charlotte, the site of the last meeting between the programs.
Florida State has the advantage of a bye week heading into the matchup, while the Hokies will be coming home from a road trip to Miami and playing back-to-back Thursday night games. Virginia Tech has owned the ACC since it joined the league. Florida State hasn’t won the crown since 2005. This year, the Hokies are literally in the way of Florida State’s attempt at a comeback. If this season is going to be any different for the Noles, Florida State can’t afford to come up short in this game.